Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life for 2007 Baghdad massacre

A federal jury had found Nicholas Slatten, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in December. A former security guard working for the US mercenary firm previously known as Blackwater has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2007 massacre of unarmed civilians in downtown Baghdad. Judge Royce Lamberth on Wednesday issued the sentence for Nicholas Slatten, 35, the Associated Press reported. A federal jury had found Slatten guilty of first-degree murder in December. Slatten was convicted for killing Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, 19, an aspiring doctor who was one of more than a dozen civilians killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on 16 September 2007. Slatten, a sniper, is said to have fired the first shots. Before the sentencing on Wednesday, friends and relatives requested leniency for Slatten, AP news agency reported. The defence had argued that Slatten and other Blackwater contractors opened fire because they thought they saw a potential suicide car bomber moving towards a diplomatic convoy they were escorting. The Blackwater guards opened fire in the bustling square with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers, leaving at least 14 civilians dead and at least 18 wounded, AFP news agency reported.
A federal jury had found Nicholas Slatten, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in December. A former security guard working for the US mercenary firm previously known as Blackwater has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2007 massacre of unarmed civilians in downtown Baghdad. Judge Royce Lamberth on Wednesday issued the sentence for Nicholas Slatten, 35, the Associated Press reported. A federal jury had found Slatten guilty of first-degree murder in December. Slatten was convicted for killing Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, 19, an aspiring doctor who was one of more than a dozen civilians killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour Square on 16 September 2007. Slatten, a sniper, is said to have fired the first shots.

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