As reported January 31 by the New York Times, a lawsuit filed in Britain by the family of an innocent victim of a U.S. drone strike may be giving allies a reason to reconsider their participation in the deadly program.
As The New American previously reported, last October, the British High Court heard arguments that the United Kingdom’s participation in and cooperation with the U.S. drone war in Pakistan may amount to war crimes or complicity in murder.
Lawyers representing Noor Khan presented evidence in a case filed by Khan after his father, Malik Duad Khan, and at least 40 other people were killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan on March 17, 2011.
While the court initially declined to hear the case, Khan’s lawyers filed an appeal at the end of January 2013. The governments of Great Britain and several European nations await anxiously the ruling on the appeal.
For years, these governments have been able to “reap the benefits of the contentious drone program without its political costs," reports the New York Times.
The days of having their cake and eating it too may be coming to end should the High Court of the U.K. be forced to hear the case against the British government’s complicity in the drone-delivered death of Malik Duad Khan.
At issue in Khan’s as-yet unheard legal challenge is the sharing by the U.K. intelligence services with their U.S. counterparts. Khan claims that this information is critical in the United States’ destroying targets inside the sovereign territory of Pakistan.
An article published last October in the Guardian (U.K.) reported that during the initial hearings before the High Court last year, “The British government has declined to state whether or not its signals intelligence agency GCHQ passes information in support of the CIA drone operations over Pakistan, although the court heard that media reports suggest that it does.”
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