Somali sued Germany for US raid on his country

The German High Court of Justice in Germany is considering a sensitive case against the German state, which was brought by a Somali in connection with the death of his father in a US air raid on his country. A court spokeswoman said Wednesday that the court


The German High Court of Justice in the German city of Munster on Wednesday considered a sensitive case against the German state brought by a Somali man for the killing of his father in a US raid on a plane in his country.

A court spokeswoman said Wednesday before the start of the trial that the court did not expect a quick ruling on the appeal.

The prosecutor contends that Germany bears part of the responsibility for the US raid in 2012, in which the plane was controlled from the American base of Ramstein in the German state of Rhineland-Pfalz.

The court in Cologne, a lower court, dismissed the case.

The court justified its rejection of the Somali claim in April 2016 that the German state's violation of any obligation had not been proven. The father of the plaintiff, a 50-year-old camel shepherd, died in February 2012 due to unfortunate circumstances of civilian victims, but the Federal Republic of Germany Not responsible for them.

The American raid was aimed at extremist Islamic "youth" militias. According to information from the New York Times, US raids on marching planes killed 225 people in 24 attacks in the first two months in 2019.

The Supreme Administrative Court is considering a similar appeal filed by three Yemenis who lost two of their relatives during a US raid on a march in their country in 2012.

The court spokeswoman said the two cases were not expected to be handed down as originally planned on Thursday, adding that prosecutors had made more briefings over the past few days.

The spokeswoman said that a lawyer from the United States on the issue of Somalia intends to add a press certificate working for a German station and was in contact with the plaintiff and his family at the time.

REF: https://www.emaratalyoum.com/online/follow-ups/2019-03-13-1.1191602