washington - A US court of justice has removed the conviction of a former hirer for murder in Iraq on Friday. Nicolas Slatten was sentenced to life sentence in October 2014 because of his role in the death of fourteen unarmed Iraqis in a square in Baghdad. About twenty people were injured. The judge has now ordered a new trial.
The massacre was served by mid-September 2007 by staff of the paramilitary security company Blackwater Security Consulting. It shocked the world and damaged the relations between Iraq and the US. In addition, the hiring of individuals for military tasks was fiercely criticized.
Blackwater staff opened the fire at Nisur Square while protecting an American convoy. Washington regretted the loss of innocent human lives. Blackwater mercenaries claimed to be in an ambush. Iraqi authorities said that the shooting was not provoked.
In the US four hired men were tried. The remaining three were given thirty years of cell. The court on Friday determined that their punishment is too high and needs to be revised.