Judge: Woman's rape case against Halliburton can go to trial

HOUSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that a woman who said she was raped by co-workers while employed by a contractor in Iraq can take her claims to trial.

Jamie Leigh Jones filed a federal lawsuit last year, saying she was attacked while working for a Halliburton subsidiary at Camp Hope, Baghdad, in 2005.

She also claims a KBR representative imprisoned her in a shipping container for a day so she wouldn't report the assault.

In December, Jones detailed her allegations to a congressional subcommittee. Several members of Congress have criticized the Justice, State and Defense departments for how the case was handled.

Attorneys for Halliburton, KBR and other subsidiaries that have been sued have disputed her allegations. KBR split from Halliburton last year.

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