Iraqi legislator blasts Trump’s pardoning Blackwater guards founded guilty of Baghdad massacre|News Ghana
Iraqi legislator Gatah al-Rekabi on Tuesday blasted U.S. President Donald Trump’s pardoning 4 Blackwater guards founded guilty of killing Iraqi civilians in 2007 as “blatant violation of human rights.”
“The U.S. occupation has left tragedies in most areas of the country, and what happened in the Blackwater massacre in Baghdad and the recent pardon by President Donald Trump of the company’s perpetrators was a blatant violation of human rights from a country that claims democracy,” al-Rekabi, a member of the Iraqi parliamentary security committee, informed Baghdad Today News Agency.
On Sept 6, 2007, 4 guards of the Blackwater security professional business, who were worked with to secure U.S. workers in Iraq, performed the massacre in al-Nisour Square in western Baghdad, eliminating 14 Iraqi civilians consisting of 2 kids and triggering worldwide protest.
On Dec 22, 2020, the White House revealed that Trump pardoned the 4 Blackwater guards, who were serving prolonged jail terms after conviction of the massacre.
A day later on, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised the U.S. to reevaluate Trump’s choice, which it stated “did not take into account the seriousness of the crime committed, and unfortunately ignores the dignity of the victims as well as the feelings and rights of their families.”
Al-Rekabi likewise blamed the U.S. profession of Iraq in 2003, which “has spilled a lot of blood among Iraqis and caused massive devastation to the country.”
“If there were accurate statistics about the damage caused by the U.S. occupation of Iraq after 2003, the world would be surprised, as we believe that it has reached hundreds of billions of dollars,” he stated.
“The foolish actions of U.S. soldiers were everywhere, such as opening fire on cars, shops, and civilian buildings, which led to human casualties, some of them are still suffering,” al-Rekabi kept in mind.
He stated that the Iraqi federal government has actually formed a committee to compensate the victims, while highlighting the requirement to form other committees to submit claims to require payment from the United States.