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16 Oct 2007

Bridget Kendall, BBC News

Minister seeks Blackwater trials [Iraq]

Private security guards from the US firm Blackwater should stand trial in Iraq, according to Iraq's Minister for Human Rights, Mrs Wijdan Salim. She said the Iraqi government's inquiry into a shooting incident which left some 17 Iraqi civilians dead would be made public within the next two weeks… Mrs Wijdan Salim says those responsible should face trial in Iraq and if found guilty be punished accordingly. She also said the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by foreign security firms under a law passed by Iraq's now defunct Coalition Provisional Authority must end. From now on all private security firms should be liable under Iraqi criminal law.

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