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Document: Judge in Abu Ghraib Case Denies U.S. Sovereign Immunity for Jus Cogens Norms

On Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted government motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in Al Shimari v. CACI, a case brought by plaintiffs who were detained in Abu Ghraib. The full opinion is available here and below.


Interrogation: Interrogation Abuses: Civil Liability

Fourth Circuit Reinstates Abu Ghraib Lawsuit

In a decision handed down today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a district court decision dimissing a tort suit against CACI Premier Technology Inc., a contractor at the Abu Ghraib prison; the district court had ruled that the suit presented a political question. The lawsuit, Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology et al., alleges that the company engaged in torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of the four plaintiffs during their imprisonment in Abu Ghraib.

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