Iraq mulls lodging Blackwater complaint for citizens


AFP
January 18, 2010

BAGHDAD — Baghdad said Monday it is considering lodging a complaint against a security company in the US after a judge dismissed charges the firm’s guards killed Iraqi civilians in an unprovoked attack.

[efoods]“Our efforts today are designed to support your complaint, and if there are no complaints, Iraq’s government will bring the case on your behalf” before a US court, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told the victims’ families.

Fadel Mohammed Jawad, a legal adviser of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Iraq would seek compensation for the families following the US judge’s decision to drop the charges on December 31.

“The US federal judge dismissed the way the evidence was presented, but not the trial on merit. There hasn’t been a decision on this matter,” he told the families at a meeting.

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