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CAIR Condemns Trump’s ‘Unconscionable’ Pardon of Blackwater Mercenaries Convicted of Murdering Iraqi Civilians

(WASHINGTON, DC – 12/23/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Trump’s pardon of four Blackwater mercenaries convicted of illegally opening fire on Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, killing 14 people – including children. 

According to The Guardian, “the four pardoned guards – Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Nicholas Slatten – were part of an armoured convoy that opened fire indiscriminately with machine-guns, grenade launchers and a sniper on a crowd of unarmed people in a square in the Iraqi capital.” 

At the time of President Trump’s pardon, all four men were serving prison sentences, including a life sentence for Slatten. 

SEE: Trump pardons Blackwater contractors jailed for massacre of Iraq civilians 

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: 

“President Trump’s decision to pardon four mass murderers shows just how little respect he has for both our legal system and the sanctity of human life, especially the lives of Muslims and people of color. These Blackwater mercenaries were convicted of perpetrating one of the most infamous war crimes of the American occupation of Iraq. Pardoning them is an unconscionable act of moral insanity.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.               

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, 

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