Archive for the ‘Laws, Trials’ Category

The Guardian | Robert Booth | May 23, 2011

The father of a 13-year-old Iraqi boy who has been missing since 2003 after being treated in a British military hospital has begun legal action against the Ministry of Defence demanding compensation and a public inquiry. (more…)

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20 May, 2011

SYDNEY (AFP) – Two Australian soldiers charged over the deaths of six civilians, including children, during a military raid in Afghanistan will not have to face a court martial, a judge advocate ruled Friday. (more…)

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The Canberra Times, By David Ellery

17 May, 2011

The Government is spending far more to try two Australian soldiers for manslaughter than it may have paid out in compensation to the families of their six alleged victims in Afghanistan.

The two Army Reservists – both members of the 1st Commando Regiment – are allegedly responsible for the deaths of one adult and five children on February 12, 2009. (more…)

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NAIROBI, 13 May 2011 (IRIN) – Some provisions of new legislation governing the activities of NGOs in Somaliland could undermine international humanitarian activity in the self-declared independent territory, say aid workers and donors. (more…)

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The Atlantic Wire, By Elspeth Reeve

4 May, 2011

Notorious private contractor Blackwater (which two years ago gave itself the new name Xe Services) has tapped former Attorney General John Ashcroft to head its ethics committee. It’s a signal, Wired’s Spencer Ackerman writes, that the company will continue to pursue lucrative government security contracts. Blackwater, which has not been very successful in getting people to use the Xe Services name, has been trying to shed its Iraqi cowboy reputation since its founder, Erik Price, sold the company late last year. Ashcroft, who was the early face of the Bush administration’s War on Terror, has long-standing ties to Washington and will reassure federal officials that the company is now on the straight and narrow. (more…)

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