Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Will Blackwater honcho move to Middle East to avoid prosecution?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The Nation is reporting today that Erik Prince, the owner of N.C.-based Blackwater, could be planning to move to the United Arab Emirates. Why? Two reasons, apparently: Nearly everyone around Prince has been indicted on various federal charges, and he’s been waiting for the other shoe to drop; and the UAE, which includes Dubai,  doesn’t have an extradition agreement with the U.S.

The venerable magazine’s website reports that “sources close to” Prince claim the move to the UAE is seemingly all but a done deal, and points out that “In April, five of Prince's top deputies were hit with a 15-count indictment by a federal Grand Jury on conspiracy, weapons and obstruction of justice charges.” The accused include former Blackwater president Gary Jackson, two former VP’s, and Prince’s former attorney. Prince has not been indicted but, obviously, his future in the U.S. doesn’t look too promising.

As we wrote last week, Prince has put Blackwater up for sale, blaming his company’s problems on “politics,” not on any actual illegal actions. Apparently, killing 17 innocent civilians at a time, violating firearms laws, and trying to hide what you’re doing from the government while that same government is paying you outrageous amounts of money are all OK, but when you’re caught, it’s because of “politics.”

The Nation story is a good investigative piece that taps several sources, and outlines possible charges against Prince, all of which lend credence to the talk of Prince bolting for the UAE.

Erik Prince, practicing sitting in his seat on the next flight to the United Arab Emirates
  • Erik Prince, practicing sitting in his seat on the next flight to the United Arab Emirates

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