Abu Ghraib Inmates Lose U.S. High Court Bid to Sue ContractorsJune 28, 2011 at 1:06 am | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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By Greg Stohr
June 27, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused two military contractors of abusing inmates at the Abu
The inmates sought to sue CACI International Inc. (CACI), which helped interrogate prisoners at the facility, and Titan Corp., which provided translation services. Titan has since been renamed and is now part of L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL)
The inmates, who were civilian detainees, said they were subjected to abuses by CACI and Titan employees
Abu Ghraib became an international embarrassment for the U.S. in 2004, when photographs surfaced
Two groups of inmates were seeking to sue under the 1789 U.S. Alien Tort Statute and District of Columbia
A federal appeals court in Washington rejected the suits on a 2-1 vote. The majority said that the Alien Tort Statute generally can’t be invoked against a private party and that contractors are shielded from suits under state
The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to reject the appeal, saying the justices should wait until more lower courts have considered similar cases.
The case is Saleh v. CACI International, 09-1313.