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Part A State Practice and Legal Doctrine, I The Notion of ‘Targeted Killing’

From: Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 May 2024

Subject(s):
Targeted killing — Weapons — Attribution
On 26 March 2000, after a nine-hour stand-off with the Cantonal Police, Ewald K. stepped onto the balcony of his apartment in Chur, Switzerland, holding an automatic rifle in his hand, its barrel pointed to the floor. In that moment, following a standing order by the police commander, a sniper positioned in a neighbouring house fired a single shot at the head of Ewald K., killing him instantly.1 On 22 July 2005, plain-clothes police officers followed Jean Charles de Menezes, falsely suspected to be a suicide bomber, when he left his apartment in London and took a...
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