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11 Jan 2009

Mark Townsend, Observer [UK]

Iraq victims sue UK security firm

[Erinys International] is being sued over allegations that its men opened fire on unarmed civilians and then drove away, leaving an Iraqi brother and sister fighting for their lives. The case, the first of its kind brought by British lawyers against a private security contractor in Iraq, claims employees of…Erinys fired from a 4x4 vehicle at an approaching taxi in north Iraq…[L]awyers Leigh Day allege that Erinys guards "committed unlawful assaults" against [the three victims]…Erinys said they had warned the taxi before opening fire, though the Iraqis maintain they did not notice any…warnings before they were fired on…A senior US army officer appointed to investigate the incident had concluded, according to the firm, that Erinys had acted properly against a potential suicide bomb attack.