UK facing wave of civil compensation claims for providing drone strike intel to US
London, June 20 (ANI): The UK Government is facing a 'wave' of civil compensation cases for allegedly providing intelligence to the U.S. for use in drone strikes against terror suspects.
According to the Daily Mail, critics claim the attacks, carried out in countries such as the Yemen are 'extra-judicial killings' because they are taking place outside of recognized war zones.
David Anderson, the Home Office's independent reviewer of terror laws, revealed details of the new cases in an appearance before MPs and peers.
There have also been accusations that the strikes, which have killed innocent people, amount to war crimes.
Ministers are trying to introduce secret justice laws that would allow terrorism compensation cases linked to Britain's complicity in torture or killing to be heard behind closed doors.
Claims have also been lodged that MI6 helped to arrange the handing over of suspects to the Gaddafi regime.
But Anderson QC, who made his comments to the joint committee on human rights, which is investigating the Government's secret justice Bill, predicted these cases would not be the end of the allegations against the UK.
It would be nice to believe that there is a very short or small number of cases that will soon go away, he said. A Pakistani student, whose father was killed in a suspected US missile strike last year, is bringing the only known case against the UK Government.
Noor Khan is one of hundreds of civilians who claim to have lost innocent relatives or friends in attacks by drones deployed in Waziristan, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
His case rests on a media report from 2010 claiming that GCHQ, the Government's secret communications agency, provided the US with 'locational intelligence' on militants in Pakistan. (ANI)