USA: Federal appeals court dismisses two lawsuits against L-3 Services & CACI for alleged torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison

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21 September 2011

Appeals court in Virginia tosses 2 lawsuits claiming Iraqis tortured by Abu Ghraib contractors [USA]

Author: Larry O'Dell, Associated Press

A federal appeals court...dismissed two lawsuits by former Iraqi detainees who claimed civilian interrogators and translators participated in their torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. In a 2-1 decision...Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state law claims against contractors CACI International...and L-3 Services, formerly Titan...are pre-empted by federal authority to manage a war. “This case involves allegations of misconduct in connection with the essentially military task of interrogation in a war zone military prison by contractors working in close collaboration with the military,” Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined by Judge Dennis Shedd, in the CACI case...Susan L. Burke, an attorney for the detainees in both cases, said she was disappointed with the rulings and would probably ask for a rehearing before the full appeals court...CACI’s lawyer, William Koegel, was pleased with the decision in his case.

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21 September 2011

[PDF] Al Shimari, et al. v CACI International, Incorporated - Opinion

Author: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Four Iraqi citizens, who were seized by the U.S. military in the Iraq war zone and detained by the military in Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad, commenced this tort action against a civilian contractor, retained by the military to assist it at the prison in conducting interrogations for the purpose of obtaining intelligence. The plaintiffs allege that while they were detained, the contractor's employees and military personnel conspired among themselves and with others to torture and abuse them and to cover up that conduct...On the contractor's appeal, we reverse and remand with instructions to dismiss this case. We conclude that the plaintiffs' state law claims are preempted by federal law and displaced by it...

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21 September 2011

[PDF] Al-Quraishi v L-3 Services, Incorporated - Opinion

Author: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Seventy-two Iraqis, who were seized in Iraq by the U.S. military and detained at various locations throughout Iraq, commenced this action against L-3 Services, Inc., a military contractor, and one of its employees, Adel Nakhla (collectively, "L-3 Services"). L-3 Services was retained by the military to provide translation services in connection with interrogations of persons detained at various detention sites in the Iraq war zone. The plaintiffs allege that L-3 Services' employees and military personnel conspired among themselves and with others to torture and abuse them while they were detained and to cover up that conduct...L-3 Services filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on numerous grounds, including law of war immunity; the political question doctrine...

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1 September 2001

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Author: Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak Indonesia

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