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Jury finds former Somali colonel responsible for torture

3 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, May 21 2019 May 21, 2019 May 21, 2019 2:01 PM May 21, 2019 in News - AP National

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A jury has 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 as part of a government campaign to repress its perceived enemies.

After three days of deliberations, the civil jury on Tuesday awarded a $500,000 verdict to Farhan Mohamoud Tani Warfaa, a member of the Isaaq (EE'-sock) clan in northern Somalia. Warfaa came to the U.S. and testified at the trial last week. He said he was 17 years old when he was rounded up in a mass arrest and beaten and hogtied during interrogations. Finally he was shot and left for dead, but survived.

Yusuf Abdi Ali, who now lives in Alexandria, acknowledged he was a Somali colonel but denied torturing Warfaa.

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