The United Nations Human Rights Office criticized President Trump this week for pardoning four Blackwater Guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians-claiming that the pardon would be “impunity.”
The UN Human Rights Office spokesperson Marta Hertado said in a statement: “We are deeply concerned about the recent pardon of the four security guards of the private military company Blackwater by the US President, who were convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians.”
Former representative Chris Cris Collins was released from prison after being pardoned by a tyrant
Hertado said: “These four people were sentenced to 1
The four men shot and shot in a crowded traffic circle when they were contractors of the US State Department in 2007, killing 14 Iraqis, including a child. The defense lawyers for these people argued that they returned after being ambushed by Iraqi insurgents.
Nicholas Slatten was convicted of murder, while Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were in Washington After several months of trial, the court was convicted of manslaughter in 2014.
Supporters of these people believe that this punishment is excessive and the prosecution is tainted. In its statement announcing the pardon, the White House said that the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals believes that other evidence should be provided in the Slatten trial.
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“In addition, the prosecutor recently disclosed that more than a decade after the incident, the main Iraqi investigators rely heavily on the prosecutor to verify that there are no victims of the rebels and collect evidence. They may be in contact with the rebels themselves,” the statement said.
The United Nations Office called on the United States to “reaffirm its commitment to combat impunity for serious violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, and to fulfill its obligation to ensure accountability for such crimes.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.