The Federal Court in Washington orders Syria to pay $300 million in damages to the family of journalist Marie Colvie, who was killed in 2012 in Homs along with French photographer Remi Ochlik.
The court found the Syria regime guilty of an “intolerable” attack against the media.
On February 22, 2012, U.S. reporter Marie Colvin, 56 years old, and 28 years old french photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the bombing of a media center in Baba Amr, Homs.
Other three journalists were wounded in the air strike: British photographer Paul Conroy, french journalist Edit Bouvier and Syrian translator Wael al-Omar.
According to the ruling of the Washington federal court, the Syrian army and intelligence services have intercepted satellite signal from the place where the jurnalists were and decided to bomb the facility.
“Syria coordinated and launched carefully planed air strike” federal judge Amy Berman Jackson said in her ruling. Marie Colvin was targted because of her profession and to silence those who reported the opposition’s movement in the country, the judge also added.
In 2016, Marie Colvin’s sister and her children filed a civil lawsuit with in the United States for “extrajudicial killing”. The court ruled in their favor and ordered Syria to pay $300 million in damages.
Marie Colvin, a journalist who won many awards, was one of the most popular war correspondents. She was very dedicated to her work and, before paying the final price, she also suffered some serious wounds. Marie lost an eye while on assignment in Sri Lanka and since then she wore a black eye patch that made her easily recognizable.
On the big screen, the role of Marie Colvin was played by actress Rosamund Pike in “A Private War” directed by Matthew Heineman.