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Contractor tries again to get Abu Ghraib lawsuit tossed out

February 6, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (AP) — A defense contractor that supplied interrogators to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has again asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit seeking to hold the company responsible for abuses that occurred there.

Four former inmates at Abu Ghraib sued a subsidiary of Arlington-based CACI International Inc., saying company employees conspired to torture them to soften them up for interrogations.

On Friday in federal court, the company’s lawyers argued that the case should be tossed out because employees worked in tandem with military counterparts, and that civilian judges should not interject themselves into debates over how the military conducts itself in war.

The judge tossed the lawsuit out in 2013 on different grounds, but the federal appeals court in Richmond revived the case last year.

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