Thursday, April 23, 2015

Black Water Mercenaries Get Their Just Desserts

In a rare pronouncement of justice, last year four former employees of the US security company Blackwater have been convicted of almost every charge related to the shootings of more than 30 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, some seven years prior.
The jury in Washington had pronounced Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other ex-security guards – Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – were convicted of committing multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter. The trial centered on the killing of 14 Iraqis, and the wounding of 17 others. The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings.
This month, Nicholas Slatten received a life sentence for murder. He was found to have fired the first shot, killing an Iraqi medical student driving with his mother, a dermatologist. Their car caught fire, and a grisly photograph of their charred remains was shown in court. The three others were sentenced to a mandatory 30 years in prison for using automatic weapons to commit a felony, plus one day for underlying manslaughter and attempted manslaughter convictions.

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