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Relatives of Kunduz bomb victims to sue

The Local · 1 Sep 2011, 15:30

Published: 01 Sep 2011 15:30 GMT+02:00

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The Berlin lawyer Karim Popal said he would be submitting a lawsuit to a court in Bonn on Monday, since this is where the headquarters of the German Defence Ministry is located. He said his clients would be suing for damages of €23,000 per death in the airstrike.

On September 4, 2009 Colonel Georg Klein ordered the bombing of two oil trucks hijacked by the Taliban in the Kunduz region of Afghanistan. The trucks had apparently become stuck and been abandoned by the insurgents. It is thought that over 100 civilians were nearby when the trucks were bombed.

Popal is accusing Klein of dereliction of duty and the German government of not offering adequate compensation for the injured and the relatives of the victims. He says the compensation payment of €3,500 per family was taken as an insult by the Kunduz population.

He also says the families never received the money because the German government distributed it via various property owners and warlords in the area.

Hans-Christian Ströbele, prominent Green party MP, lawyer and outspoken critic of Germany's military operation in Afghanistan, said he supported the lawsuit's aim, but said it would be a problematic case.

Ströbele it would be difficult to prove that relatives had been killed in that particular incident. He added that Afghanistan is in the middle of a war, and it was up for legal debate whether civilians are entitled to demand compensation for deaths and suffering.

The political fallout from the bombing cost the jobs of then Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, and as well the head of the German army Wolfgang Schneiderhahn.

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19:39 September 1, 2011 by Englishted
On September 4, 2009 Colonel Georg Klein ordered the bombing of two oil trucks hijacked by the Taliban in the Kunduz region of Afghanistan.

If that does not give enough defense ,then what will ?.

He did what was correct and I hope he would(or anyone in charge)do the same again.

Why not sue the taliban for abandoning them ?.
03:31 September 2, 2011 by pepsionice
The odd perverse nature of this....once the trucks were stolen....you should have just grinned, ordered some more trucks and accepted that as the only solution.

I question now how GI's left from WW II Prisoner of War camps can make the same type of court action and make tens of billions of Germans as well.
10:22 September 2, 2011 by storymann
Colonel Georg Klein was not derelict, trucks were stolen by the Taliban, I doubt the Colonel is clairvoyant.

The 23,000 euros is not a massive sum paying this out would be better than dragging this unfortunate mishap any further.
13:16 September 2, 2011 by johnny108
This is nothing more than another publicity stunt by islamic terrorists- they are trying to gain sympathy and money in civil courts.

Nothing more than islamic terrorists using your own legal system against you!
19:03 September 2, 2011 by Major B
Good comments above and correct. Col Klein did his job. I said it last year and repeat, the Taliban caused brought this on themselves. Didn't the German government already pay on this? A crap decision.

Now they're back at the bar for more. This whole thing must make true German patriots froth at the mouth.
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