Pakistani loses drone strike case in UK

January 22, 2014 - 4:30:26 am
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani who argued that British agents involved in passing intelligence to Americans directing drone strikes in his country might be committing a crime has lost the latest round of a legal battle.

The Court of Appeal refused to allow Noor Khan to carry on with his fight. 

Three appeal judges ruled against Khan today, saying he was inviting a UK court to sit in judgment of the United States.

Khan asked the appeal court to analyse his claim after the High Court ruled against him.

Judges heard that Khan lived in Federally Administered Tribal Areas of northwest Pakistan - in a region targeted by drones believed to be operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

They were told that his father, Malik Daud Khan, was one of more than 40 people killed in a drone strike in March 2011.

Khan said, after today’s ruling that he was still determined to get answers from the UK Government. 

He had suggested that a Briton passing intelligence to the US, and foreseeing that information might be used in a drone strike, could be encouraging murder under UK law.