Father of slain US soldier seeks Iraqi justice

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Keith Maupin, father of Sgt. Matt Maupin, is photographed, Arlington, Va.,Tuesday, May 13, 2014. A man in Iraqi custody has confessed to killing Sgt. Matt Maupin whose remains were found in 2008. Sgt. Matt Maupin, of Batavia in southwestern Ohio, was captured when insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms ambushed his fuel convoy near Baghdad on April 9, 2004. Keith Maupin decided to grow his beard until his son came home. He has never cut it. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a U.S. soldier whose remains were found near Baghdad in 2008 says he urged an Iraqi judge at a hearing to fully prosecute the insurgent accused of killing his son.

Keith Maupin of Cincinnati participated by video teleconference from the Pentagon in the case of a man in Iraqi custody. U.S. officials say he confessed to the killing of Sgt. Matt Maupin, who was kidnapped near Baghdad in 2004.

At the time, video of the young soldier was released showing him sitting on the floor surrounded by masked gunmen.

On Tuesday, the initial hearing was closed to reporters. Maupin said he spoke via translator with the judge, who asked to hear from the family. He says he came away confident that justice will be served.