Can other survivors sue for war deaths?
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