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US Court of Appeals revives 2 lawsuits filed by Iraqis against CACI & L-3 Services alleging torture at Abu Ghraib prison

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11 May 2012

Appeals court revives Iraqis’ Abu Ghraib suits [USA]

Author: Larry O'Dell, Associated Press

A divided federal appeals court...revived two lawsuits by former Iraqi detainees who claimed civilian interrogators and translators participated in their torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, ruling that it’s too early to consider dismissing the cases...“This is significant because it permits these cases to proceed in the lower court and permits our clients to tell their story, and hopefully obtain justice for the torture and abuse perpetrated by each of these two corporate defendants,” said Baher Azmy, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who represents the former detainees...“We’re reviewing the ruling to determine how to proceed,” said William Koegel, attorney for CACI.

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11 May 2012

[PDF] Al Shimari v. CACI International - Opinion

Author: US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

On November 8, 2011, upon the timely petitions of the plaintiffs, see Fed. R. App. P. 35(b)-(c), we entered an Order granting en banc rehearing of all three appeals, thereby vacating our prior judgments. The appeals were thereafter consolidated for purposes of oral argument, which was conducted before the en banc Court on January 27, 2012. Having fully considered the briefs and arguments of the parties, together with the written and oral submissions of the amici curiae permitted leave to participate, we conclude that we lack jurisdiction over these interlocutory appeals, and we therefore dismiss them.

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1 September 2001

full report: Timber Trafficking: Illegal Logging in Indonesia, South East Asia and International Consumption of Illegally Sourced Timber

Author: Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak Indonesia

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