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U.S. Opens Criminal Investigation Over Iraq Abuse

Fri May 21, 2004 05:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has opened its first criminal investigation into a civilian contractor in Iraq over possible mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, the Justice Department said on Friday.

"Yesterday, the Department of Justice received a referral from the Department of Defense regarding a civilian contractor in Iraq, and opened an investigation into the matter," said Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo.

"We remain committed to taking all appropriate action within our jurisdiction regarding allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners."

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