August 26, 2010

Blackwater tries to dodge the bullets

The founder of Blackwater Worldwide has fled the United States, moving to Abu Dhabi to avoid facing up to his challengers. The founder of the infamous mercenary firm, renamed Xe by founder Erik Prince, has become a resident of the United Arab Emirates, reports the New York Times.

The whistleblowers who filed the suit are seeking to corroborate allegations that Prince’s company negligently or wantonly killed civilians, fraudulently submitted false claims to the United States government, and billed the U.S. Army for the services of prostitutes, but to do so they had to travel to Abu Dhabi, UAE and seek permission from the monarchy to depose Prince. Prince explained that he had chosen to become a resident of the UAE because:

it feels a lot like Singapore. Rule of law, a friendly business climate, low to no taxes, free trade and no out of control trial lawyers or labour unions. It’s pro-business and opportunity.”

Blackwater is the target of a Qui Tam lawsuit, which could result in a multi-million dollar judgement against the firm... and our erstwhile businessman Mr. Prince.


One Fly said...

If this prick ever went to trial I would not get picked for the jury because I know the sonofabitch is guilty. How I despise thise runt.