Iraq Contractor Case Opens New Legal Terrain

The military is court-martialing the first civilian contractor in Iraq.

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The announcement that the military is court-martialing the first civilian contractor in Iraq under the military justice system opens up new legal terrain.

As the first of its kind, the case against the Iraqi-born Canadian Alaa Mohammad Ali is likely to be challenged over whether trying civilians under the military system affords them sufficient rights.

Ali, who worked as a translator for L-3 Communications Titan in Anbar province, is charged for allegedly stabbing a fellow translator after a heated argument.

—Emma Schwartz