ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a former Somali prime minister who has been living quietly in the U.S. for the last 14 years can be deposed in a federal lawsuit alleging he oversaw war crimes and other abuses against his own people.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema on Friday denied a motion to dismiss the case from Mohamed Ali Samantar. He was Somalia’s defense minister and later its prime minister in the 1980s under the regime of dictator Siad Barre.

The lawsuit against Samantar, who now lives in Fairfax, was first filed in 2004 and was initially dismissed until the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it.

It is the first time the case has reached the stage where Samantar’s accusers can question him about alleged abuses against disfavored clans.

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Comments (3)
  1. sad says:

    Leet’s send all the discontent and American hating Somali’s back with this guy. Any Somali who wishes to assimilate and obey our laws may stay.

  2. Katie says:

    sad, I agree. Then the schools won’t have to put up with the Somali students using the sinks for bidets, and the Minnesota Food Shelf won’t have to purchase “culturally specific” food for them because they didn’t know how to open a can of food and just threw away in the garbage the cans of food that the food shelves gave them.! That’s how Second Harvest choose to address the problem.

  3. sad says:

    Well of course they are our new politically correct babies. If the liberals have thrown the American Indinans under the bus in favor of the Somali’s, you know buying expensive specialty food for food shelves wouldn’t be far behind. Pathetic

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