The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigator who supervised the investigation into the massacre committed by members of the Blackwater company in Baghdad in 2007, and President Donald Trump pardoned 4 of them recently, said that what happened was a “massacre.” Similar to the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. “
According to a report published by the British newspaper (The Guardian), Detective John Batarini, in a letter to the New York Times, expressed his disgust at Trump’s pardon for the members of the company who were convicted of committing the massacre in which 14 Iraqi civilians – including a 9-year-old child – were killed in Nisour Square in the middle Baghdad in 2007, and they were sentenced to long prison terms.
“I was an FBI agent who led the investigation into the Blackwater massacre in Baghdad. We originally went to Iraq and we believed the shooting was because some innocent civilians were caught in a shootout between Blackwater guards and the rebels,” Patarini said. Only one, we have determined that this incident was not as reported by Blackwater employees and their associates at the State Department, but rather was a My Lai-style massacre in Vietnam. “
The My Lai massacre took place on March 16, 1968, when a unit of the American army encircled the village of My Lai in Vietnam and killed more than 500 civilians – including children, women and the elderly – and the lieutenant who supervised the massacre, named William Kale, was the only convict in the massacre. He was sentenced to life in prison, but he was released from prison after 3 days, following the order of US President Richard Nixon to reduce his sentence, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.
Trump, who will leave the White House on January 20, has issued pardons in a number of cases in which members of the US forces have been accused or convicted of war crimes.
The White House included the names of Nicholas Slaten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard, who were convicted of killing unarmed Iraqis in the Al-Nisour massacre in Baghdad, on the presidential pardon list it published, which originally provided for amnesty for 15 convicts in full and reduced sentences for 5 others.
“President Trump should have asked (the White House) staff to review the trial evidence that led to the convictions, read the judges’ opinions and verdict statements, or contact the investigators who investigated the case,” Batarini said, adding, “I’m so disgusted by the president’s actions!”