Defence pays compensation to surviving error attack on Iraq

Defence is going to pay compensation to an Iraqi man, who lost a large part of his family in a bombardment by Dutch F16s on his house in Mosul in 2015. The international coalition wrongly assumed that the residents had ties to the terror organization IS.

Basim Razzo’s wife, daughter, brother and nephew were killed in the bombardment. He himself survived the attack.

In a letter to the Lower House, Minister Bijleveld writes that the compensation was paid voluntarily, for humanitarian reasons, and that the Dutch State does not acknowledge any liability. Neither party makes any announcements about the amount of the compensation, but it is said to be just under one million euros.

Unlawful act

Initially, Razzo, who worked for a telecom company, demanded two million dollars from Defense. His lawyer, Liesbeth Zegveld, called the bombing an “international tort”, because the information about the target was limited and contradictory.

In her letter, the minister writes again that she does not agree. “There is no question of wrongful use of force.” By means of the compensation, she wishes to ‘compensate Mr Razzo on behalf of the Cabinet for the enormous human suffering that has befallen him and the material damage he has suffered’ Razzo got a shrapnel in his back when he was attacked and he says he can’t work anymore.