Crash lawsuit governed by Islamic law?

Reporter Joseph Neff recently noted that a sister company of the private military firm Blackwater has asked a federal court to decide a personal injury lawsuit filed in Florida by using the Islamic law known as Shari’a.

The widows of three American soldiers who died in Afghanistan when a flight operated by Presidential Airways crashed, should be “...governed by the law of Afghanistan,”

According to Presidential Airways arguments to a Florida 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.”

If the judge agrees, it would essentially end the lawsuit over a botched flight as Shari’a law does not hold a company responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their work.

The National Transportation Safety Board has blamed the crash on Presidential for its “failure to require its flight crews to file and fly a defined route,” and for not supervising to ensure that crews followed company policies and Pentagon and FAA safety regulations.

For the full article, see http://www.newsobserver.com/front/v-print/story/1112843.html

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