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GCHQ Civilian Staff Face War Crimes Charge Over Drone Strikes In Pakistan

Human rights lawyers claim in High Court that civilians are ‘parties to murders’

More than 300 drone attacks in Pakistan have been reported

Civilian staff at GCHQ risk being prosecuted for war crimes

as a result of a legal action being launched tomorrow

over the alleged use of British intelligence in the CIA‘s “targeted killing” programme.

Human rights lawyers will issue proceedings

saying that employees at the UK intelligence agency who assist the US in directing drone attacks in Pakistan

could be liable as “secondary parties to murder”

and that any UK guidance allowing the passing of information to the CIA for use in the strikes

is unlawful.

Pakistan has previously condemned the attacks as a violation of its sovereignty,

amid concern that the use of US drones contravenes international humanitarian law.

Hundreds of innocent civilians are thought to have been killed as a result of drone attacks.

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