Decorated U.S. Soldier Sues British Contractor for Reckless Shooting
TROY, Mich., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — A decorated U.S. Soldier, from the State of Texas, filed suit today in U.S. Federal Court in Washington DC against a British Contractor for injuries sustained during a reckless shooting incident in Iraq.
Former U.S. Army Sergeant Kadim Alkanani is suing London-based Aegis Defence Services Limited, for an incident on June 3, 2005, in which Aegis contractor’s opened fire without warning on Sergeant Alkanani’s unit moments after they had passed through a check point on their return to base, thereby injuring Sergeant Alkanani and ending his promising military career.
Sgt. Alkanani was stationed in Iraq at the time and was a decorated soldier and a recipient of many awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Services Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Aegis, which has made hundreds of millions of dollars for providing services to the US in Iraq, has been in midst of controversy before, especially after one of their alleged employees filmed a video that depicts alleged Aegis gunmen firing senselessly at innocent civilians in passing automobiles, and which has since gained infamy as the “Trophy Video.”
Sgt. Alkanani was stationed in Iraq on active duty as a Specialist for the U.S. Army’s 10th Group Special Forces. The severe injuries he received at the hands of the Aegis gunmen ended his military career and he was honorably discharged in 2006. This is one of the first suits by former U.S. military personnel against contractors in Iraq.
Sgt. Alkanani is being represented by two very experienced attorneys, Shereef Akeel and Charles Swift. Mr. Akeel is a civil rights attorney and currently represents hundreds of torture victims at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Mr. Swift is a former Navy Judge Advocate General, and has extensive experience with various high profile U.S. military cases.
Shereef Akeel commented on this case by stating that: “From the prisons of Abu Ghraib to the streets of Baghdad, we will continue to bring lawsuits to hold contractors accountable for their misconduct in Iraq. This Aegis lawsuit on behalf of a decorated US soldier epitomizes the growing concern of using private contractors when they compromise our national security and put our soldiers in harms way.”
Charles Swift stated: “This case is not just about the senseless shooting of Specialist Alkanani, it is about the rule of law. If the Aegis Security Guards had been soldiers they would have faced a Court-Martial and Aegis’s CEO would have been relieved of his command for what happened to Specialist Alkanani. It is past time that contractors in Iraq like Aegis lived by the same rules as everyone else.”
For further information on this lawsuit, please contact Attorneys Shereef Akeel at (248) 269-9595 or Charles Swift at (206) 441-3377.
SOURCE Akeel & Valentine PLC