The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit allowed prisoners detained at Abu Ghraib to move forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor for abuse at the prison, dismissing the contractor's interlocutory appeal to reverse a district court order denying it derivative sovereign immunity. The judges held that the case, Al Shimari v. CACI, presented factual disputes best resolved in the district court. The ruling is available here and below.
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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.
Last week, the Fourth Circuit heard an appeal in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Steve Vladeck earlier flagged the case at Just Security, but for those who haven't read his post: Al Shimari alleges that a military contractor was partly responsible for torturing him at Abu Ghraib.