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The Blackwater Killings Civil Suit IV

Case File: Civil Lawsuit for the September 16th, 2007 Killings



Estate of Mushtaq Karim Abd Al-Razzaq et al vs. XE (Blackwater) et al

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Case. No.: 3:09-cv-00626-LAB-BLM

Filed on March 26th, 2009


On June 2nd, 2009 the case was transferred to the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia and consolidated with Civil Suit I.


June 2nd, 2009 - Notice of Voluntary Dismissal


“[…] Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(a)(1)(i), Plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss without prejudice their claims against all Defendants. […]”


March 26th, 2009 - Complaint


“[…] 24. This action is being brought against Xe, formerly Blackwater, in all of its various corporate incarnations. These companies (including a Xe-Blackwater company called Falcon that continues to operate in Iraq), are all component parts a single private company wholly owned and personally controlled by a man named Erik Prince. Prince and his corporate entities earn billions of dollars selling mercenary services.


“25. On September 16, 2007, heavily-armed Xe - Blackwater mercenaries (known in Blackwater parlance as ‘shooters’) working in Iraq began firing on a crowd of innocent Iraqis, without justification, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. The Xe-Blackwater ‘shooters’ involved in this senseless slaughter on September 16, 2007, are being criminally prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice. One Xe-Blackwater shooter has already plead guilty, admitting that the Xe-Blackwater shooters were not being threatened and instead intentionally killed innocents for no reason.


“26. The September 16, 2007 massacre is one episode in a lengthy pattern of egregious misconduct by Xe-Blackwater acting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. 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. This action seeks compensatory damages to compensate the injured and the families of those gunned down and killed by Xe-Blackwater shooters. This action seeks punitive damages in an amount sufficient to punish Erik Prince and his Xe-Blackwater companies for their repeated callous killing of innocents. […]”


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