Abu Ghraib ex-inmates' lawsuit moves ahead in federal court

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Posted: Sep 22, 2017 2:43 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing former inmates of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to move ahead with their lawsuit against civilian contractors who worked as interrogators there.

Lawyers for the contractor, CACI Premier Technology, asked Judge Leonie (LAY'-uh-nee) Brinkema to dismiss the lawsuit at a hearing Friday in Alexandria.

Brinkema, though, sided with the three Abu Ghraib ex-inmates who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The case has been tossed out of court numerous times, but each time it has been reinstated on appeal. It has now been nine years after the lawsuit was first filed and 13 years since photos documenting abusive treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib first became public.

The lawsuit seeks to hold civilian interrogators employed by CACI liable for the abuse.