Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 18:00 am

Trump pardons Blackwater security contractors convicted in deadly Iraq shooting

Trump pardons Blackwater security contractors convicted in deadly Iraq shooting
President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad that left more than a dozen Iraqi civilians dead.

A federal appeals court later overturned Slatten's first-degree murder conviction, but the Justice Department tried him again and secured another life sentence last year.” The trial was held years after a first indictment against the men was dismissed when a judge ruled that the Justice Department had withheld evidence from a grand jury and violated the guards' constitutional rights.The Justice Department later revived the case.22, 2020, President Donald Trump pardoned 15 people, including Heard, Liberty, Slatten and Slough.

AP WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad that left more than a dozen Iraqi civilians dead and caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone.Slough and two others, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, were sentenced to 30 years in prison, though after a federal appeals court ordered them to be re-sentenced, they were each given substantially shorter punishments.

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