- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

ARLINGTON, VA. (AP) - CACI International Inc. criticized a judge’s refusal to dismiss a lawsuit by alleged torture victims at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, vowing to “pursue all of its legal alternatives to defend itself and vindicate the company’s good name.”

In a ruling made public Thursday, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee rejected claims made by Arlington, Va.-based CACI that it couldn’t be sued because its interrogators were performing their duties as the U.S. government required and because none of the plaintiffs allege interaction with anyone at CACI. The company also said the case involves U.S. policy issues too sensitive for litigation.

Lee’s ruling allows four Abu Ghraib detainees _ who were later released without being charged _ to go forward with their lawsuit against CACI. The four allege torture and other crimes at the hands of CACI civilian interrogators hired by the Army.

“From day one, CACI has rejected the outrageous allegations against the company in this lawsuit and continues to do so,” the company said in a news release.

“The court’s ruling cannot obscure the fact that none of the four Iraqi plaintiffs alleges any interaction with anyone affiliated with CACI. Rather, their entire action is based upon an undefined ‘conspiracy’ involving the Department of Defense and the military.”

CACI said it is “improper for the courts to allow lawsuits against either the government or contractors by aliens detained as enemies during wartime.”

In morning trading, shares rose 60 cents to $34.59.

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