On Tuesday, March 18, CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy and co-counsel from Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler have an important oral argument in our case against private military contractor CACI for torture at Abu Ghraib. We will appear before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the month before the 10-year anniversary of the Abu Ghraib torture photos, to urge the court to reinstate a case brought by four Iraqi Abu Ghraib torture victims against private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. The men were subjected to electric shocks, sexual violence, forced nudity, broken bones, and deprivation of oxygen, food, and water. U.S. military investigators concluded that several CACI interrogators directed U.S. soldiers (who were later court martialed) to commit “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses” of Abu Ghraib detainees in order to “soften” them up for interrogations. Please come out and support this critical case for corporate accountability and justice for the survivors of Abu Ghraib.
What: Oral argument in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc.
When: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Butzner En Banc Courtroom 201
A district court judge dismissed the case in June citing the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum Co., which limited U.S. courts’ ability to hear claims arising from human rights violations committed abroad under the Alien Tort Statute to those that sufficiently “touch and concern” the U.S. CCR and co-counsel will argue that the district court was wrong in its interpretation of the Kiobel decision and that plaintiffs’ claims against CACI can still stand because the contractor is a U.S. corporation and the alleged torture occurred at a time when the United States exercised jurisdiction and control over both Iraq and Abu Ghraib prison.