Sat, 29 Aug 2009 10:23:39 GMT
The head of the US 'security contractor' Blackwater, Erik Prince (photo), is accused of deliberately causing the deaths of more than 20 civilians in Iraq between 2005 and 2007.
The accusations were made by attorneys for Iraqis suing the US company in a federal court in Virginia, USA.
According to the attorneys, Erik Prince must be held responsible for the killings as he provided Blackwater agents with weapons and instructions to kill innocent civilians.
Meanwhile, the attorneys have also accused the company of covering up the killings and allegedly plotting to murder witnesses in the criminal probe.
Five former guards working for the US-based 'Blackwater' have already been indicted for their roles in the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi capital Baghdad nearly two years ago.
lackwater continues to provide hired guns to the US government, in Washington's self-styled “war on terror,” under the disguise of its new name, Xe Services LLC.