Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Former Abu Ghraib inmates sue U.S. firms

Four Iraqi men are suing two U.S. military contractors for torturing them during their detention in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, BBC News reported Tuesday.

The four men were all released without charge after being held in the notorious prison between two to four years. They have each brought separate lawsuits in four U.S. courts.

CACI International and L-3 Communications Corp, in addition to three civilian employees of the two contractors, have been accused of taking part in various abuses during interrogations of the four plaintiffs. The contractors have denied the charges.

According to the article, the suits claim that the four men were variously subjected to electric shocks and beatings, threatened with dogs, and “hung from a pole for seven days.”

While military personnel have already been tried and convicted for criminal acts of torture at Abu Ghraib, this is the first case involving civilians.

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