Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq killings
Four ex-employees of US security firm found guilty of charges related to shootings of more than 30 civilians in 2007.
Last updated: 23 Oct 2014 08:36
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, seven years ago.
The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other ex-security guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were convicted on Wednesday of committing multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.
The trial focused on the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of 17 others.
The shootings, which came in the fourth year of the US military invasion of the country, triggered an international uproar over the role of defence contractors, who were hired by the US State Department to protect American diplomats in the Middle Eastern country.
The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings, and the jury is expected to continue deliberating on the other counts.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
There's no reason not to go up the chain of command except Pelosi didn't have the courage to initiate impeachment hearings and Pres. Obama decided to leave the guilty alone.
Posted by Steve J. at 1:50 AM