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Human rights group sues two former Somali officials living in US

[JURIST] A human rights group has sued two former high-ranking Somali officials currently living in the US, alleging that the two took part in torture and killings in their home country during the 1980s. San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability filed suit Wednesday against Mohamed Ali Samatar, a former defense and prime minister in Somalia, and Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former military commander, both of whom are living in Virginia. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of eight Somalis now living in the US who claim they were victims of the two former leaders. The suit is part of an increasing trend of private groups seeking accountability of former leaders implicated in human rights abuses who have obtained refuge in the US. Read the complaints (Ali Samatar [PDF] and Abdi Ali [PDF]). CJA has more on its case against Ali Samatar and Abdi Ali. The Washington Post has more.

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