US Company Seeks protection Under Sharia Law
Here’s a twist on Sharia Law. Is it ‘turn-about is fair play’ or a
A flight of Presidential Airways, a sister Backwater company, crashed in the rugged mountains of central
But Presidential Airways decided to take another defense.
RALEIGH - To defend itself against a lawsuit by the widows of three American soldiers who died on one of its planes in Afghanistan, a sister company of the private military firm Blackwater has asked a federal court to decide the case using the Islamic law known as Shari’a.
The lawsuit “is governed by the law of
Afghanistan,” Presidential Airways argued in a federal court. “Afghan law is largely religion-based and evidences a strong concern for ensuring moral responsibility, and deterring violations of obligations within its borders.” Florida
If the judge agrees, it would essentially end the lawsuit over a botched flight supporting the
military. Shari’a law does not hold a company responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their work. U.S.
Joseph Schmitz, Prince’s general counsel, said Presidential Airways was asking the federal judge to follow past
cases where courts have applied another country’s laws to resolve damages that occurred overseas. U.S.
Ok. You be the judge.
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