A drone strike targeting a university research team in Pakistan could be seen by the world as an act of war.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced two senior researchers to life imprisonment and fined them a total of $5 million for their role in the killing of the team’s leader.
The two were also fined for “false imprisonment” and “attempted murder,” according to court documents.
The court ordered the two men to pay a total $1.9 million to the families of the victims.
The university, in the northwestern tribal region of Punjab, has been the target of several drone strikes in recent months, including one on its campus that killed the university’s former president and another on the site of its main university campus that targeted the university campus.
But the Pakistani government has never officially accused the two scientists of carrying out the attack.
The Pakistani government said the drone attack was in retaliation for a U.S.-led airstrike against suspected militants in the area.
The U.N. Security Council has condemned the attacks and called for an immediate end to the attacks.