Four Iraqi men who say they were tortured in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq filed federal lawsuits Monday in four cities, including Detroit, against U.S. military contractors and their employees.

The Detroit suit was filed on behalf of Mohammed Abdwaihed Towfek Al-Taee, 39, an Iraqi taxi driver who says he was wrongly imprisoned, tortured by U.S. contractors, and then released without any charges.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit because one of the contractors, L-3 Communications, recruited heavily for translators in metro Detroit’s Arab-American communities, particularly in Dearborn and Wayne County.

The other lawsuits were filed in Ohio, Maryland and Washington on behalf of three other men with similar claims.

“They were inflicting torture on innocent people,” said Shereef Akeel of Troy, an attorney representing Al-Taee and the other detainees. “The suit is designed to hold people accountable.” (MORE)


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