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Dutch court docket rules 2007 Dutch bombing in Afghanistan unlawful

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A Dutch court docket dominated on Wednesday the shelling by Dutch troopers of a residential complicated within the Afghan province of Uruzgan in June 2007 was unlawful, including the Netherlands ought to compensate the victims.

The Dutch Defence Ministry had requested prosecutors almost two years in the past to look into this bombing, which killed dozens of civilians, following a report by a conflict veteran questioning the legitimacy of this motion within the Chora valley.

“The Netherlands was responsible for the shelling of the houses. It was known these houses were inhabited by civilians. The State invoked the fact the taliban used the houses for military purposes (…) and thus that the bombing was not unlawful,” the court docket in The Hague mentioned in a press release.

“But the court rules that the State hasn’t sufficiently made clear on what basis it came to the conclusion that these houses were being used by the taliban (…) therefore the bombing is illegal.”

The court docket additionally mentioned the quantity of the victims’ compensation ought to be decided at a later date.

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