Lawyers for Exxon Mobil Corp. want a federal appeals court in Washington to absolve it from any liability stemming from human rights allegations that its security force — foreign government soldiers hired to protect personnel and facilities — brutalized a group of villagers in Indonesia.

“This case involves allegations that Indonesian soldiers abused Indonesian citizens on Indonesian soil during an Indonesian civil war,” an attorney representing Exxon, O’Melveny & Myers partner Sri Srinivasan, said at a Jan. 25 hearing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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