Sunday, 22 November 2015

Was the premeditated killing of Reyaad Khan "murder" in English Law? Are David Cameron MP and Michael Fallon MP murderers?

On 21st August 2015 Reyaad Khan, a British citizen, was killed by Royal Air Force personnel who, as yet, remain unidentified.

According to a report yesterday on the BBC the "extra judicial killing" of Reyaad Khan (which also resulted in the death of Ruhul Amin, another British citizen, and another unnamed third victim) was carried out from an RAF base in the UK, which I take to be RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

In the House of Commons on 7th September 2015 Mr. Cameron announced that the premeditated killings were the result of "meticulous planning".

Party to the decision to kill were, among others, David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, and Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

Mr. Cameron told the House of Commons that there existed a "clear legal basis" in International Law for the killings.

Was I the only one to notice that Mr. Cameron didn't say anything about how domestic Law might apply to the killings?

Was I the only one to ask these questions:
  1. Was the killing of Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin and another "murder" contrary to English Law?
  2. Was the killing of Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin and another "murder" contrary to Scots Law?
English Law, by virtue of Section 9 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 makes the unlawful killing of a British citizen an offence triable in an English Court.

The situation in Scots Law is less clear. 

On 13th November 2015 I wrote to Chief Constable Sir Stephen House of Police Scotland to ask Police Scotland to investigate three possible criminal offences by Mr. Cameron and Mr. Fallon:

  1. Murder of Reyaad Khan, Ruhul Amin and another, contrary to Scots Law and/or English Law?
  2. Offences contrary to Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 (English Law) and/or offences contrary to Section 1 of the International Criminal Court Act (Scotland) 2001 (Scots Law)?
  3. Offences contrary to Section 56 of the Terrorism Act 2000?
Police Scotland, so I understand, is currently investigating this matter under the leadership of Deputy Chief Constable Ian Livingstone.

Will David Cameron get away with murder? Not if I can help it.

Mr. Cameron claims that he believes in the "rule of Law". I wonder if he really does believe in it.

It is possible that Mr. Cameron and Mr. Fallon, when in Court, could run a defence of "justified killing".

The place for Mr. Cameron and Mr. Fallon to defend these premeditated extra-judicial killings is a Court of Law.

If Police Scotland act honestly in this matter that is where I expect Mr. Cameron and Mr. Fallon to end up.

Time will tell.

I don'texpect Mr. Cameron and Mr. Fallon to "come quietly".

Already their publicity machine is ramping up the supposed justification for RAF air strikes in Syria.

Will the House of Commons respond like a lynch mob?

Will some Member of Parliament ask that crucial question at PMQs.

"Does the Prime Minister accept that the premeditated killing of Reyaad Khan on 21st August 2015 was murder in English Law?" would, I suspect, create serious public interest in the matter.

Is there, somewhere in the House of Commons, a Member of Parliament with the courage and integrity to ask that question.

Again, time will tell.

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