Former high-ranking Somali lieutenant colonel accused of human rights violations arrested in Springfield

Saturday November 19, 2022
By Troy Pope

He is accused of extrajudicial killing; torture; merciless, inhuman, or degrading therapy or punishment; and arbitrary detention, Homeland Safety stated.

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — A former high-ranking Somali military officer accused of a number of human rights violations towards Somali civilians throughout the Eighties was arrested in Springfield, Virginia, Homeland Safety Investigations introduced Friday.

Particular brokers arrested Yusuf Abdi Ali, aka “Tukeh,” Thursday, in Springfield for these human rights abuses.

He is accused of extrajudicial killing; torture; merciless, inhuman, or degrading therapy or punishment; and arbitrary detention, Homeland Safety stated.

Homeland Safety stated that Ali, 69, served as a lieutenant colonel within the Somali Nationwide Military and Commander of the Fifth Brigade in Northwest Somalia from roughly Could 1987 to July 1988 below the dictatorship of Siad Barre. 

Throughout that point, the Somali military dedicated quite a few severe human rights violations towards civilians, in keeping with Homeland Safety.

“While Yusuf Abdi Ali’s apprehension cannot undo the pain that he allegedly inflicted upon the victims of his purported human rights abuses, it is my sincere hope that by seeing him answer for his apparent role in these heinous crimes, they will be given some form of peace,” stated Derek W. Gordon, Appearing Particular Agent in control of HSI Washington, D.C. “HSI Washington, D.C. is dedicated to protecting the law-abiding residents of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, while continuing to search out those who intend to benefit from the abuse of others.”

A jury within the Jap District of Virginia discovered Ali liable in a civil swimsuit in 2019 for the torture of a Somali herder and awarded the plaintiff damages.

Ali beforehand drove for Uber and Lyft in Virginia, in keeping with reporting by CNN.

Police recognized the victims as 40-year-old Elise Wars and her 4-year-old daughter Khori Ashton. The 2 had been staying on the resort since at the least June.

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