July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON – The US Justice Department will drop a probe of alleged CIA interrogation abuses but will launch a criminal investigation into two detainee deaths, the top justice official said Thursday.

“The department has determined that an expanded criminal investigation of the remaining matters is not warranted,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

In announcing the formal criminal investigation, Holder did not identify the two detainees who died in CIA custody in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda on New York and Washington.

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