US 'will appeal Blackwater court ruling'

Biden said on Saturday his government would appeal against a court decision to dismiss charges against Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians.

US 'will appeal Blackwater court ruling'

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday his government would appeal against a court decision to dismiss charges against Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians.

The U.S. federal court decision last month, which found that the defendants' constitutional rights had been violated, disappointed Iraqis.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government has hired U.S. lawyers to prepare a law suit against Blackwater, a security contractor now called Xe Services.

"The United States will appeal this decision," Biden said on a visit to Baghdad. Referring to the court ruling, he said "a dismissal is not an acquittal", and that the U.S. government would lodge the appeal next week.


Reuters


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