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US high court rejects ex-Somali official's case
US Supreme Court rejects appeal by former Somali official over rights abuses
Associated Press
2014-01-13 11:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former top official in Somalia who has been ordered to pay Somali torture victims $21 million.

The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand lower court rulings against Mohamed Ali Samantar, who now lives in a suburb of Washington. He had been a top official in dictator Siad Barre's regime in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Federal courts found that Samantar could be held liable for human rights abuses and rejected claims that he should be immune because he was an official of a foreign government.

The case is Samantar v. Yousuf.

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