8 Jan 2010

Blackwater lawsuits over Iraqi killings settled

9:20 pm on 8 January 2010

The American security firm Blackwater has reached a settlement in a series of lawsuits brought over the killing of Iraqi civilians.

The lawsuits were seeking compensation for separate shooting incidents involving Blackwater guards in Iraq between 2006 and 2007.

The BBC reports the amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Blackwater, which has since changed its name to Xe, says it can now move on under new management.

On 31 December 2009, a US federal judge dismissed all charges against five Blackwater guards who had been accused of opening fire on a crowd in Baghdad, killing 17 civilians.

District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the US Justice Department had used inadmissible evidence.