Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list'Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 03:46
Britain faces legal challenge over secret US 'kill list'
Afghan man who lost relatives in missile strike says UK role in supplying information to US military may be unlawful
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 9 August 2012 14.56 EDT
Britain's role in supplying information to an American military "kill list" in Afghanistan is being subjected to legal challenge amid growing international concern over targeted strikes against suspected insurgents and drug traffickers.
An Afghan man who lost five relatives in a missile strike started proceedings against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the Ministry of Defence demanding to know details of the UK's participation "in the compilation, review and execution of the list and what form it takes".
Legal letters sent to Soca and the MoD state the involvement of UK officials in these decisions "may give rise to criminal offences and thus be unlawful". They say Britain's contribution raises several concerns, particularly in cases where international humanitarian laws protecting civilians and non-combatants may have been broken.