07 November 2011
A former Somali colonel living in Ohio is to be prosecuted for torturing a human rights activist in 1988.
Abdi Aden Magan sought to have the case dismissed by a federal court by arguing it was filed in the wrong country and too long after the alleged abuse occurred.
Plaintiff Abukar Hassan Ahmed filed a case against Magain in 2010, alleging the colonel was responsible for his detention and torture.
US District Court Judge George Smith ruled Ahmed could sue Magan in the United States, relying in part on a motion passed by the US Department of State, saying Magan should not be able to claim immunity from the allegations.
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