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Mohamed Ali Samantar

Somalia's Next Phase Should Include Accountability for War Criminals

Pamela Merchant | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Pamela Merchant

In his remarks to Secretary of State Clinton, Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the new Somalia will make a "valuable contribution to the region and the world at large." If Somalia is to be a shining example, it should start by ending impunity for war criminals.

Will $21 Million Somalia Judgment Be the Last of Its Kind?

Katie Redford | Posted 10.30.2012 | World
Katie Redford

This week, a group of Somalians subjected to torture and other human rights abuses by the Somalian regime received a measure of justice before a U.S. federal district court. This year, will the U.S. Supreme Court allow such cases to continue?

Big News In Torture Case Involving Ex-Somali Leader In Virginia

AP | MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 10.28.2012 | DC

McLEAN, Va. — A U.S. judge on Tuesday awarded $21 million to seven people who sued a former prime minister of Somalia now living in Virginia, cl...

Somali War Criminal Liable for Crimes Against Humanity

Pamela Merchant | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Pamela Merchant

Just days ago, Somali General Samantar appeared in a federal court and did something that no high-ranking person from the former military dictatorship of Siad Barre has ever done -- he accepted liability for human rights abuses.

It's Official: The U.S. Is Not a Safe Haven for Human Rights Abusers

Pamela Merchant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pamela Merchant

The Supreme Court's ruling in Samantar v. Yousuf means that former foreign officials who have committed egregious human rights abuses will not be able to find comfort and sanctuary in the U.S.

Is There a War Criminal Living in Your Backyard?

Pamela Merchant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Merchant

If you live in our nation's capitol, one of your neighbors is Mohamed Ali Samantar, the former Minister of Defense for Somalia under the brutal Siad Barre regime. Is he above U.S. law?