US Contractor Pays Millions for Torture in Iraq

By John Lee.

An American defense contractor has paid $5.28 million to resolve a case in which it was accused of mistreating detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities.

The 72 plaintiffs alleged that employees of L-3 Services, now called Engility Corporation, tortured and abused them.

The abuses caused widespread outrage, and led to the conviction of eleven US military personnel.

Asking for the case to be dismissed, the company argued that its personnel were part of “occupying forces” and thus not subject to civil lawsuits. According to a report from Voice of America, a federal court denied the motion in 2010, and last year an appeals court dismissed the company’s bid to overturn the decision.

Another contractor, CACI, is expected to go to trial over similar allegations this summer.

(Sources: Voice of America, Associated Press)

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