Appeals court in Va. to hear torture case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four former Iraqi detainees who claim they were tortured at the Abu Ghraib prison are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuit against a military contractor.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case Tuesday morning. A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit in June.

The plaintiffs claim that employees of military contractor CACI Premier Technology directed solders to torture them to soften them up for interrogation. They claim they were subjected to electrical shocks, sexual violence and forced nudity. They allegedly suffered broken bones and were deprived of oxygen, food and water.

Photos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib that became public in 2004 shocked the national conscience.

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