An update on Sundus' case from her lawyer
At the end of January, I filed a 40-page legal brief on behalf of plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh in which she argued that she can sue for her personal damages she suffered during the Iraq War, including loss of her home and personal income.
At the Nuremberg Trials in 1946, an international tribunal declared that wars of aggression are the "supreme international crime" and convicted Nazi leaders of planning and waging wars in violation of international law. My argument on behalf of Ms.Saleh is that the Iraq War was a similar war of aggression that was planned by members of the Bush Administration who subscribed to a militant neoconservative ideology and who called for the invasion of Iraq as early as 1997.
In 1789 a United States law was passed called the "Alien Tort Statute" that permits Saleh, an Iraqi citizen, to sue for injuries that come about because of violations of international law. Ms. Saleh, therefore, and according to this law is suing George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz in their personal capacities.
President Obama's United States Department of Justice is representing the Defendants and has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the issue is too political for a court to address, and that the Defendants were acting within the "scope of their employment."
On April 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., the United State District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Francisco, California, will hear oral argument on these issues.
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