An Iraqi man has filed a lawsuit against two U.S. military contractors, alleging he was repeatedly tortured while being held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq for more than 10 months.
Emad al-Janabi alleges in his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday, that he was abused beginning in September 2003 by employees of CACI International Inc. and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., which was formerly Titan Corp. Also named as a defendant is CACI interrogator Steven Stefanowicz, known as "Big Steve." The suit alleges that he directed torture tactics.
Al-Janabi said he was punched and slammed into walls, hung from a bed frame and kept naked and handcuffed in his cell.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Al-Janabi, 43, said he was detained by U.S. troops during a late-night raid in which he and his family were beaten by their captors. He said he was taken to a military base where he was stripped naked, a hood was placed on his head and his hands and legs were chained. He was released in July 2004 and wasn't charged with any crime, according to the lawsuit.