Saturday, April 23, 2011

US court reopens Blackwater case

Source: Press TV

A US appeals court has ordered the reconsideration of the charges against four employees of a US security firm, once known as Blackwater, for a deadly shooting of Iraqi citizens in 2007.

More than a year after a lower court dismissed charges against the guards of Blackwater Worldwide, currently known as Xe Services, Appellate judges Douglas Ginsburg, Merrick Garland and Stephen Williams ruled that the previous judge wrongly interpreted the law and have reopened the case, Xinhua reported.

They said Ricardo Urbina, a federal judge who dismissed those charges in December 2009, "made a number of systemic errors based on an erroneous legal analysis."

They also asked Urbina to reconsider whether any evidence was tainted.

He had ruled that the US Justice Department had mishandled evidence and violated the constitutional rights of the accused.

The guards were charged with 17 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempting to commit manslaughter and one count of the violation of US arms export regulations.

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