Ahmed v. Magan, 2010 July 6-circa 2012

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Physical description:
3 folders
Scope and content:

The three folders in this sub-series include Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, which contains arguments the court would eventually rule in favor of. Files also include twenty exhibits for the plaintiff, the contents of which include Somalia human rights reports, declarations, and expert reports.

Materials in this collection may include violent acts, including firsthand accounts and descriptions of torture.

Biographical / historical:

In 2010, the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) filed a lawsuit in an Ohio federal court against Colonel Abdi Magan, who served as the Somali National Security Service's (NSS) investigations chief during the Siad Barre regime. In 1988, the NSS arrested and subjected the CJA's client, Professor Abukar Ahmed, to physical and psychological torture for months. In 2013, the Southern District of Ohio ruled in favor of Ahmed, awarding him $15 million in damages for torture, cruel treatment, and arbitrary detention. Ahmed v. Magan was the first judgment of human rights violations against a Somali NSS member.

Parts of the Biographical Note were adapted from the CJA's website: "Torture by Somalia's Security Service: Ahmed v. Magan" https://cja.org/what-we-do/litigation/ahmed-v-magan/ (accessed April 14, 2022).


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