UK drone pilots may face murder charges

UK drone attacks could result in all those involved facing murder charges should the government fail to clarify its policies on targeted killings, a parliamentary committee has warned.

The officials who were behind decisions to conduct drone strikes as well as pilots, intelligence officers, and ministers could be exposed to “criminal prosecution for murder or complicity in murder,” according to a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR).

The Crown Prosecution Service is not likely to pursue such a case in the UK, however, other nations might take measures in this regard, for example, if their citizens were killed abroad.

“We owe it to all those involved in the chain of command for such uses of lethal force to provide them with absolute clarity about the circumstances in which they will have a defense against any possible future criminal prosecution, including those which might originate from outside the UK,” says the committee,…

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