Iraq Will Sue Blackwater Guards

Dismissal of manslaughter charges leaves Baghdad irate
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2010 4:27 PM CST
Iraq Will Sue Blackwater Guards
In this November 2009 photo, an Iraqi police officer regulates traffic next to al-Nisoor square in Baghdad, where Blackwater guards allegedly shot 17 Iraqi civilians dead on on Sept. 16, 2007.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

(Newser) – Outraged by an American judge's dismissal of manslaughter charges against five security contractors accused of massacring 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007, Iraq plans to sue the former Blackwater Worldwide security guards. "We were expecting that American justice system is fair and independent," an Iraqi lawyer tells CNN. "It's clear that the justice system in America is unjust and unfair."

A government spokesman said "investigations carried out by specialized Iraqi authorities unequivocally found that the Blackwater guards committed murder and broke use-of-force rules when there was no threat requiring the use of force." He later told a state broadcaster: "Investigations carried out by specialized Iraqi authorities unequivocally found that the Blackwater guards committed murder and broke use-of-force rules when there was no threat requiring the use of force." Blackwater is now known as Xe.
(Read more Blackwater stories.)

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