Trial in Al Shimari v. CACI


Add to My Calendar Monday, April 15, 2024 9:30am to Friday, April 26, 2024 12:00am


US District Court for Eastern District of Virginia
Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Center for Constitutional Rights’ longstanding case, Al Shimari v. CACI, brought on behalf of three Iraqi torture victims against U.S.-based government contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc., is going to trial. The federal lawsuit, filed in 2008, alleges that CACI participated in a conspiracy to commit, and otherwise aided and abetted, unlawful conduct including torture and war crimes at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where it was hired by the U.S. to provide interrogation services. The plaintiffs, Suhail Al Shimari, Asa’ad Zuba’e, and Salah Al-Ejaili, were all held at the “hard site,” an area of the Abu Ghraib prison where the most severe abuses occurred in 2003-2004. 

The trial will take place before Judge Leonie Brinkema at the Albert V. Bryan Courthouse in the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. Center for Constitutional Rights attorneys and our co-counsel at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Akeel & Valentine, PLC will be presenting the case.

Important Scheduling Updates

  • Court will break for lunch from 1-2 pm each day 
  • Closing arguments will take place at 10 am on Monday, 4/22, and the jury will begin deliberations around noon
  • Court will not be in session on Tuesday, 4/23

****If you plan to attend the trial, we encourage you to arrive early. Please note that electronic devices are not permitted in the courthouse, and the court will not store them. Members of the public will also need to pass through a security check and present ID prior to entering the court. Please visit the court's website for more security information***

We will post any updates to the schedule here during trial. Visit our trial resource page, Justice for Abu Ghraib, for more information about this case and historic trial. 


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April 21, 2024