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  1. Area man named in Iraqi-torture lawsuit worked for contractor

    By RUSS ZIMMER • Advocate Reporter • July 2, 2008

    COLUMBUS — A Pataskala man being sued in federal court is accused of torturing an Iraqi man while employed with a contractor at Abu Ghraib prison.

    According to a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy Dugan allegedly participated in torturing Suhail Najim Abdullah Al Shimari, of Baghdad, Iraq, for two months at the prison facility made infamous four years ago by the publication of photos depicting American military personnel humiliating prisoners.

    Al Shimari, 49, claims during his imprisonment at Abu Ghraib that he was subjected to electric shock, beaten, deprived of food and sleep, threatened with dogs, subjected to extreme temperatures, stripped naked, forced to watch the torture of others and forcibly shaved.

    The filing lists Dugan as living at an apartment complex on South Township Road in Pataskala, but neighbors there said he no longer resides at that address.

    Al Shimari’s attorney, Jennifer Kinsley, said two other individuals, one in California and another in Maryland, also have been sued.

    She identified Steven “Big Steve” Stefanowicz, of Los Angeles, who she claimed instructed CACI employees on torture policy. Dugan worked for CACI, a government contractor that employed Dugan as an interrogator from October 2003 through May 2004, according to the lawsuit.

    “Dugan was an employee who followed the direction of ‘Big Steve,'” Kinsley said Tuesday from Cincinnati.

    It also is alleged military intelligence officers were unable to corral Dugan’s behavior.

    A soldier and a fellow CACI employee made statements to military investigators that accused Dugan of rebuking their criticism of his conduct and threats he made to them after learning of their cooperation with the probe, the complaint alleges.

    Also listed in the complaint are CACI and L-3 Services, which supplies translation services.

    CACI denies all of the allegations contained in the lawsuit, which it calls “malicious and unfounded,” according to a Tuesday press release.

    The company defended its record as a partner with the military in operations in Iraq and noted its cooperation with government inquiries.

    “No CACI employee or former employee has been charged with any misconduct in connection with CACI’s interrogation work in Iraq,” the release reads.

    Kinsley said Al Shimari, who was released without charges in March, is back at his home in Baghdad, reunited with his family and returned to working his farm.

    “His life has been restored to a somewhat degree of normalcy,” she said. “He is working and supporting his family, but the impact of what he went through psychologically lingers for a lifetime.”

    Russ Zimmer can be reached at (740) 328-8548 or razimmer@newarkadvocate.com.



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