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19 May 2013

Marjorie Censer, Washington Post

Judge weighs motions that could result in dismissal of Abu Ghraib claims against CACI

After five years,…defense contractor CACI International and four plaintiffs who allege abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq are awaiting a judge’s decision that could dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee is weighing whether a Supreme Court ruling in April and the failure of three plaintiffs to appear in the United States should bring an end to the case. The plaintiffs allege that employees of a CACI unit were part of a group that abused detainees at Abu Ghraib. This month, CACI argued…that the Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum provided grounds to dismiss much of the case…But the plaintiffs’ attorney, Baher Azmy,…has argued that a detention center operated by the U.S. government “constitutes U.S. territory.”