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19 Mär 2009

Center for Constitutional Rights [USA]

Court rules Abu Ghraib torture victims can sue contractor CACI, according to legal team for former detainees [USA]

A Virginia federal court ruled Wednesday that four former Abu Ghraib detainees who were tortured and later released without charge can sue U.S. military contractor CACI International, according to their U.S. legal team. [The] U.S. District Judge…denied CACI's motion to dismiss the detainees' claims which allege multiple violations of U.S. law, including torture, war crimes and civil conspiracy. CACI sought immunity…and claimed that the actions of its contract interrogators at Abu Ghraib were beyond judicial review…In a ruling important to accountability for government contractors in Iraq, the Court ruled Tuesday that "…courts can and do entertain civil suits against government contractors for the manner in which they carry out government business…”