Can other sur­vivors sue for war deaths?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

An Amer­i­can sol­dier, the sole sur­vivor of his pla­toon, strug­gled in the dark to where the Ja­panese bunker was hid­den. He threw a hand grenade into the small open­ing and learned later that all six enemy sol­diers were killed in the ex­plo­sion. Since that event turned the tide in that sec­tion of the bat­tle, and be­cause he had acted with such courage de­spite se­vere in­juries, he was given a medal of hon­our.

Af­ter the war was over, the par­ents of the slain Ja­panese sol­diers dis­cov­ered the iden­tity of the man who had killed their sons. Hav­ing heard that griev­ing Amer­i­can rel­a­tives are su­ing Omar Khadr, the Ja­panese par­ents de­cided to sue the Amer­i­can hero. Can both sets of rel­a­tives ex­pect to win?

Wil­lard Pot­tinger, Hamil­ton

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