Finnish Green MEP Heidi Hautala, chairwoman of the human rights committee in the EU legislature, told EU Observer website that it would have been “much better if he was brought to justice alive.”
“I am sure the discussion will continue, including in the European Parliament, as to why it was needed for him to be killed. The aim should have been not to wage a war against al Qaeda and countries suspected of giving them protection, but to make terrorism an issue of international criminal justice.”
Hautala also said Washington should use the moment to close its detention centre in Cuba where many terrorist suspects have been held for years without trial.
“It is not surprising. Perhaps it is also a moment for the US now after they have achieved this to put their own detention policies up to date with international standards and close Guantanamo once and for all, after it caused so much justified anger against the western world,” she said.
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