2nd US contractor faces suit for role in Iraq's Abu Ghraib torture scandal
CACI employees are alleged to have been part of a group that tortured Iraqis detained by American troops, depriving them of food and water, according to federal court documents.The major company and military contractor, however, has vowed to challenge the legal complaint, which is due to go to trial later this year, the report says. According to the report, CACI has claimed in court document that the company and its personnel “should have immunity,” arguing that the plaintiffs have failed to detail “specific instances of interactions with company employees.” The legal suit against CACI in Eastern Virginia’s US District Court has four plaintiffs, “all Iraqis who spent time at Abu Ghraib,” according to court documents quoted by the daily.
The complaint contends that the detainees were “brutally tortured” by US-led forces, including CACI employees, adding that all four torture victims continue to suffer from physical and mental injuries related to the abuse, the report states.The report further adds that Engility, “a new government-services business spun off by L-3 Communications,” paid USD5.28 million to former tortured detainees to settle their legal complaint. Meanwhile, the daily notes, “for these sizable contractors, a settlement of several million dollars generally isn’t damaging to stock prices, but analysts said the companies are focused on defending their record.” MFB/MFB