A US appeals court in Virginia ruled that former detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison may continue their torture lawsuit against civilian military contractors.
The Fourth Circuit appeals court ruled that a district court in Virginia erred in concluding it lacked jurisdiction over a case concerning torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The Iraqi Justice Ministry temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns, citing a growing Sunni-backed insurgency within the local Anbar province.
Sectarian violence has killed at least 200 in Iraq since the start of Ramadan, and Hezbollah has launched an Iraqi wing to fight al-Qaeda’s networks in the country.
A military contractor that was accused in a lawsuit by former detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison of conspiring to torture paid $5.28 million to ex-detainees.
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will close its investigation into the CIA’s alleged torture and abuse of detainees, with no criminal charges.