A lawsuit has been filed against US President Barrack Obama, former Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and former CIA chief David Petraeus, by aÂ Yemini man who lost two of his relatives, in 2002, in a US drone strike. The lawsuit has been filed by a Yemeni named Faisal bin Ali Jaber in the Federal District Court, in Washington.
Faisal had lost his brother-in-law Salem bin Ali Jaber, a 43-year-old anti-al Qaeda imam, and his nephew Waleed bin Ali Jaber, a 26-year-old police officer, when American Hellfire missiles landed in the village of Khashamir, on August 29, 2012. He was represented by a rights group named Reprieve and a pro bono counsel, from the law firm, McKool Smith.
According to the 43-page lawsuit, he does not seek any monetary relief. The complainant described it, as an attempt to break through the secrecy surrounding drone strikes and to have the court impose some public accountability for mistakes made in the program.
He instead, has asked the US government to declare that the drone strike that killed his two relatives in 2012, was unlawful. As of now, Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to the requests for a comment.