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Mein Vater wurde von einer CIA-Drohne getötet! Ist der englische Geheimdienst beteiligt an diesen Tötungsaktionen und gibt er Informationen über mögliche Ziele weiter? Herr Außenminister, das will ich von ihnen wissen! Pakistan verurteilt diese Tötungs-Angriffe auf ihr Gebiet als Verletzung der nationalen Souveränität!

Dezember 17, 2011

William Hague questioned over British role in drone strikes

Lawyers for Noor Khan, whose father died in Pakistan strike, want clarification of British intelligence’s role in CIA campaig

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Several reports have stated that British intelligence has provided locations for alleged militants targeted by the CIA’s campaign. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Lawyers for the son of a victim of US drone strikes in Pakistan have asked foreign secretary William Hague to clarify whether British intelligence has helped the CIA’s „targeted killing“ programme.

A law firm acting on behalf of Noor Khan, whose father was killed earlier this year in a drone strike in north-west Pakistan, said several reports have stated that British intelligence has provided locations for alleged militants targeted by the CIA’s campaign.

Richard Stein, head of human rights at Leigh Day & Co, said: „This legal action simply looks to ask a number of questions of our government regarding UK involvement in the drone strikes in Pakistan which, it is estimated, have killed thousands of people within a country we are not militarily engaged with and therefore, we believe, are against international law.

„We ask the foreign secretary whether any information is being passed by agents of the UK government to US government forces to assist in these attacks.

„Unless it is categorically denied that the UK continues to pass such information to the US government forces, we require a clear policy statement of the arrangements which are in place and circumstances in which the UK considers it to be lawful to do so.“

Pakistani authorities have criticised the attacks as violations of their country’s sovereignty and international human rights campaigners have condemned reports of innocent civilian casualties.

US officials have privately said that the strikes have killed many Taliban and al-Qaida commanders.

Clive Stafford Smith, director of legal action charity Reprieve, said: „CIA drone strikes are killing hundreds – if not thousands – of civilians and destabilising Pakistan.

„The British people have a right to know what their country’s policy is regarding our involvement in this illegal and disastrous campaign.“

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