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Jury finds former Somali colonel responsible for torture - Source Washingtonpost

Posted on May 22,2019
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By Matthew Barakat

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — A jury on Tuesday found a northern Virginia man who once served as a colonel in the Somali Army responsible for torturing a man more than 30 years ago under a government campaign against its perceived enemies.

After more than three days of deliberations, the civil jury in the Washington suburb of Alexandria awarded a $500,000 verdict to Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa, a member of the Isaaq clan in northern Somalia.

Warfaa came to the U.S. and testified at the trial last week. He said he was 17 years old and herding camels and cattle for his family’s farm when he was rounded up in a mass arrest In December 1987 over a missing water-tanker truck. He said he was then regularly beaten and hogtied during weeks of incarceration and interrogations. Finally, he said that Yusuf Abdi Ali, a colonel who was known as “Tukeh” or “Tokeh,” shot him multiple times and left him for dead when his interrogation was interrupted by an insurgent attack.

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