Yemeni man sues Germany over deadly drone strike

Published October 16th, 2014 - 09:02 GMT

A Yemeni man has filed a lawsuit against Berlin for facilitating deadly assassination drone strikes carried out in his country by Washington.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by Faisal bin Ali Jaber, who claims his brother-in-law, Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber, and nephew, Waleed, were killed in a U.S. assassination drone strike in a Yemeni village in August 2012.

The Yemeni man's brother-in-law was a preacher and his nephew a police officer.

The Ramstein U.S. Air Base in southwestern Germany allegedly controlled the drone strike.

"We believe that unlawful and the German constitution carries a responsibility to protect the lives of individuals even in cases where they are not resident in Germany," said Kat Craig, the legal director of Reprieve, one of two human rights groups representing bin Ali Jaber.

According to the legal director of Reprieve which represents bin Ali Jaber, evidence suggests that Ramstein plays a major role in Washington’s covert drone wars, which have killed "thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children."

A statement by Reprieve said that Ramstein "is the crucial connector for all data transfer between the U.S. and Yemeni air space.

Bin Ali Jaber is also being represented by the European Center for Constitutional Human Rights.

The U.S. administration claims that its unmanned aircraft attacks target al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes.

Last October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said U.S. killer drone strikes in Yemen had led to the death of many civilians over the past years in a blatant violation of international law.
Washington has also carried out its deadly drone strikes in other countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.

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