Defense Contractor Pays $5M To Iraqis Over Abu Gharib Abuse Case

In a first, a U.S. defense contractor has agreed to pay out a settlement of $5.28 million to 71 former inmates of the Abu Gharib prison. A subsidiary of Engility Holdings, based in Chantilly, VA, was part of a case surrounding the abuse that took place at Abu Gharib and other U.S. detention facilities. The scandal marked one of the lowest points in the Iraq War, as photographs of prisoners’ degradation caused domestic and international outcry, resulting in the closure of the prison in 2006. Another military contractor, CACI, is expected to go to trial over their role in the scandal as well this summer.