Appeals court to hear Abu Ghraib torture case


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four former Iraqi detainees who say they were tortured at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuit against a military contractor.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday morning.

The plaintiffs say employees of military contractor CACI Premier Technology conspired to have soldiers torture them before interrogations. They say they were subjected to electrical shocks, sexual violence and forced nudity.

A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit in June, saying it lacked jurisdiction because the alleged torture occurred in a foreign country.

In 2004, photos depicting U.S. soldiers abusing Abu Ghraib detainees became public. Several soldiers were convicted in cases related to the abuse.

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