Family Of Drone Victim Loses Case Against US Government

by Admin on April 9, 2014



The Courthouse News Service has reported that the U.S. will provide no compensation to the family of accused terrorist Anwar Al- Aulaqi and two other U.S. citizens executed by a US military drone strikes in Yemen. The family filed a civil case for damages against the US government for the deaths of Al Aulaqi and his son.

Anwar Al-Aulaqi was alleged to have been a senior member of Al Queda terrorist network. His son however was apparently not accused of a crime but was also the victim of a lethal US drone attack.

Bill Quigley, a human rights lawyer for Loyola University New Orleans has previously criticized drone attacks as a breach Anwar Al-Aulaqi’s constitutional rights as a US citizen.

The complaint relied on the Supreme Court’s 1971 decision Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which ruled that a claim can be pursued for damages against a federal officer if there has been a violation of a plaintiff’s clearly established constitutional rights.

Bangkok based attorneys Chaninat & Leeds are an experienced Thai law firm who have handled high profile criminal cases in Thailand 

U.S. District Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer dismissed the case on Friday 4 April 2014 ruling that the exercise of war powers against a specifically-targeted U.S. citizen overseas do not call for the recognition of a new area of Bivens relief.

Read the full report here

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