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The Blackwater Killings Civil Suit V

Case File: Civil Lawsuit for the September 9th, 2007 Killings



Estate of Sa’ad Raheem Jarallah et al vs. XE (Blackwater) et al

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

Case. No.: 3:09-cv-00631-H-JMA

Filed on March 27th, 2009


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


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 27th, 2009 - Complaint


“[…] 11. 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 of 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.


“12. On September 9, 2007, heavily-armed Blackwater mercenaries (known in Blackwater parlance as ‘shooters’) working in Iraq fired, without justification, on a crowd of innocent Iraqi persons in and around Al Watahba Square resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Mr. Jarallah was among those killed in this massacre. This senseless slaughter on September 9, 2007, was only one in a series of recent incidents in Blackwater’s lengthy pattern of egregious misconduct in Iraq resulting in the deaths of innocent Iraqis.


“13. 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 September 9, 2007 shooting is one episode in a lengthy pattern of egregious misconduct by Xe-Blackwater acting in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. This action seeks compensatory damages to compensate the family of Mr. Sa’ad Raheem Jarallah, who was 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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