Ex-Somali Army Officer Facing US Civil Trial Over Human Rights Abuses

Posted on May 15, 2019 12:23 am

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A resident of Virginia is the subject of a lawsuit accusing him of human rights abuses while he was a high-ranking officer during the brutal reign of dictator Siad Barre. A civil trial began this week in a U.S. federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, against Yusuf Abdi Ali in suit brought against him by Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa, who says he was tortured and nearly died in 1988 at the hands of Ali.  The lawsuit says Ali was commander of the Somali army’s Fifth Brigade, which patrolled the breakaway region of Somaliland. Ali allegedly rounded up Warfaa and other young