Former Blackwater firm renamed again

BBC – The US security firm at the centre of allegations that its guards killed civilians in Iraq is changing its name once more. The company, known as Blackwater at the time of the events, became Xe Services in 2009. Now Xe is to become Academi, named after Plato’s institution in ancient Greece. A US judge threw out charges against five Blackwater guards over the deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007. Iraqi authorities claimed that the guards had opened fire on civilians without provocation. The manslaughter charges were dropped because the judge ruled that inadmissible evidence was used. The activities of foreign security firms in Iraq were curbed after that incident. Read Article

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