The lawsuits allege that several Blackwater defendants - now operating as Xe and other names under the control of Mr. Prince - have demonstrated "a pattern and practice of recklessness in the use of deadly force."
The first case was brought by the family of Sa'ad
According to the complaint, Blackwater "shooters" fired "without justification, on a crowd of innocent Iraqi persons in and around Al Watahba Square resulting in multiple deaths and injuries." The complaint continues, "This senseless slaughter ... was only one in a series of recent incidents in Blackwater's lengthy pattern of egregious misconduct in
The second case involves another Blackwater civilian shooting - the infamous
The 15 plaintiffs include the estates of 12-year-old
According to the complaint, "Xe - Blackwater created and fostered a culture of lawlessness amongst its employees, encouraging them to act in the company's financial interests at the expense of innocent human life."
The defendants are accused of committing war crimes, assault and battery, wrongful death, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, training and supervision, and tortious spoliation of evidence. The complaint also includes allegations of drug use and cover-ups of illegal conduct by Xe - Blackwater personnel.
The families of the dead and injured are represented by attorneys
Center for Constitutional Rights attorney
The defendants in both cases include Mr. Prince, Xe, various Prince-controlled entities such as Blackwater, The Prince Group, Falcon, Greystone Limited, Total Intelligence Solutions, EP Investments, and Raven Development Group.
The cases are:
- "Estate of Sa'ad
Raheem Jarallahv. Xe, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, et al.," in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California(Case No. 09 CV 0 631 H JMA), and,
- "Estate of
Mushtaq Karim Abd Al-Razzaq, et al., v. Xe, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, et al.," in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California(Case No. 09 CV 0626 LAB BLM).
For information about other cases pending against Xe - Blackwater, please see http://www.ccrjustice.org/current-cases and http://www.burkeoneil.com/human-rights/human-rights.php.
SOURCE Burke O'Neil LLC; Center for Constitutional Rights