Biden Promises Iraq Blackwater Appeal
January 23, 2010
Iraq (ChattahBox) – Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq today after the government expressed rage over a judge throwing out their case against five Blackwater security guards that were accused of manslaughter in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians.
The case has been a charged one.
The incident occurred in September 2007, when 17 people were killed by the guards in Nisoor Square, Baghdad.
The government accused Blackwater of firing on civilians unprovoked.
The company claimed that there was an ambush, and the civilians died in the ambush, alleging that many were a part of the shooting itself.
But Blackwater said that there was proof that they began shooting an unmarked van when it didn’t slow down, and also shot into the surrounding area where civilians were trying to flee.
The FBI concurred that at least 14 of the deaths were unnecessary and unjustified.
The case was taken to a U.S. court, but the judge threw out the case, leaving Iraqi’s enraged.
Biden has promised that an appeal will be sought.