Bill English is running out of places to hide his Government’s war crimes…
Lawyers acting for the Afghan villagers in the area the SAS allegedly targeted in Operation Burnham are taking the Government to court over its refusal to hold an independent inquiry.
“This morning, we filed proceedings in the Wellington High Court on behalf of the villagers,” human rights lawyer Debra Manning told media on Friday.
In their book Hit & Run, Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson claim a New Zealand-led “revenge raid” in 2010 involving Afghan troops and US helicopter gunships killed six villagers and injured 15.
Rodney Harrison, QC, said they wanted a judicial review of the “decision by the Government to decline to hold an independent inquiry into the Operation Burnham events and subsequent cover-up”.
They also want a review of the Government’s decision to refer calls for an inquiry to the Chief of the Defence Force “who had already taken a position in relation to the overall issue, and was biased”.
“What we’re seeking is a decision from the court that the refusal of the inquiry was wrong and should be revisited.”
…the NZ SAS have been accused of serious war crime allegations wit a US Apache Helicopter the main culprit for those civilian deaths. The NZDF has lied and manipulated the easy to confuse NZ Media and think they have managed to sweep this all under the carpet.
The lawyers for those killed however refuse to allow the National Government to get away with that, and with the possibility of a change of Government, the NZDF won’t have any protection from an incoming Labour Government.
It is disgusting that Key is knighted in the same month as legal proceedings against his Government for the war crime he personally ordered is lodged.
Let’s just do one thing for the civilians and children butchered by John Key’s war crime, if the ruling comes down and finds us guilty. Key must be stripped of his knighthood.
If Sir Ngatata Love can face calls to have his knighthood stripped for fraud, then surely the Prime Minister who personally signed off on a war crime should lose his.