Court rejects Yemenis' case against Germany over US drones

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Posted: May 27, 2015 9:22 AM

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — A German court has rejected a lawsuit brought by three Yemeni men who lost two relatives in a U.S. drone strike.

The men, who weren't in court, had accused the German government of being responsible for letting the United States use an air base in Germany to relay flight control data for lethal drone strikes.

The men, who are being represented by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and rights group Reprieve, wanted Germany to accept legal and political responsibility for the strikes and stop the U.S. from using the Ramstein base.

But the Cologne administrative court ruled Wednesday that treaties meant German authorities had only limited influence on Ramstein's use, and had to balance their actions with "foreign and defense policy interests."

The men plan to appeal.