Saturday, March 17, 2007

A criminal act

A British coronoer has found that the killing of Lance Corporal Matty Hull by "friendly fire" from US aircraft was a criminal act

Mr Walker said the act was a "criminal one, since the pilots broke with the combat rules of engagement in failing to properly identify the vehicles and seek clearance before opening fire".

He said it would have been easy for the pilot who shot at the convoy to take steps to confirm the identity of the vehicles. In failing to do so he acted "outside the protection of the law of armed conflict".

"I find there was no lawful authority to fire on the convoy. The attack on the convoy therefore amounted to an assault. It was unlawful because there was no lawful reason for it and in that respect it was criminal."

So, will they be seeking the extradition of Hull's killers so they can be prosecuted for manslaughter? And if not, why not?


Hear, hear!

Posted by Anonymous : 3/17/2007 02:16:00 PM

No. Why? U.S. exceptionalism:

Posted by Anonymous : 3/19/2007 12:19:00 AM