Former members of Blackwater
Former members of Blackwater

A United Nations committee said that the amnesty issued by President Donald Trump for former Blackwater members who were found guilty of a massacre in Baghdad in 2007 violates international law.

United Nations: Trump’s pardon for Trump members pardons 4 Blackwater members convicted of the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad
The United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries condemned the measure and described Trump’s decision to pardon the four men as an “affront to justice and the memory of the dead.”

“The pardon of Blackwater contractors is an affront to justice and to the victims of the Nisour Square massacre and their families,” said group president Jelena Ibarac.

She stressed that “the amnesty decisions violate the obligations of the United States under international law and undermine the wider humanitarian law and human rights at the global level.”

On December 23, Trump issued a complete amnesty for 4 former members of the private military company, Blackwater, who were convicted of committing a massacre that left 14 civilians dead in Baghdad in 2007.

Incident details

Blackwater security guards fired indiscriminately in Nisour Square in Baghdad on September 17, 2007, killing 17 Iraqis and wounding others. The company says the shooting was in response to an attack on its convoy, while other sources deny this claim and say that the guards fired Shot randomly and for no reason. As a result of this incident, the Iraqi government demanded the Blackwater Company to immediately cease its operations in Iraq and to exit from it, with the exception of those involved in the accident who are to be held accountable.

Then the request was changed to compensation of $ 8 million for each dead person. Following this dispute, the US government opened an investigation into the incident and sent a special committee to Iraq to investigate. On October 11, 2007, a formal case was filed in an American court against Blackwater in connection with the Nisour Square incident in Baghdad on behalf of the Iraqi victims.

And the names of Nicholas Slaten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were included in the list of exemptions published by the White House, which originally provided for the amnesty for 15 convicts in full and reduced sentences for five others.

The statement stated that the exemption of these four “veterans”, who are former soldiers, enjoys “broad support from public opinion and elected officials,” adding that they have “a long history of serving their country.”

Source: RT + The Hill


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