An alleged war criminal is on trial. He might have been your Uber or Lyft driver.
Marisa Iati, Washington Post
May 15, 2018
An Alexandria, Va., man is in federal court this week facing accusations that he tortured and tried to kill a perceived Somali dissident in the 1980s. Outside of court, he has been driving for Uber and Lyft.
Somali Villager Travels to US to Confront Army Chief He Says Tried to Kill Him
Richard Luscombe, The Guardian
May 14, 2018
Farhan Warfaa to give emotional testimony in Virginia courtroom in case that shines light on brutal 21-year reign of Siad Barre
Somali Torture Victim Will Face His Abuser After 31 Years – In US Court
by James Reinl, PRI
April 30, 2019
In December 1987, when Somali farmer Farhan Warfaa was just 17, he and other young men from around the remote town of Gebiley were rounded up and brought to the headquarters of the Fifth Brigade of the Somali National Army for questioning about a stolen water tank.
In the Valley of Death: Somaliland’s Forgotten Genocide
by Ismail Einashe and Matt Kennard, The Nation
October 22, 2018
Thirty years ago, the US-backed Somali government slaughtered an estimated 200,000 people. Now survivors want US help uncovering the crimes.
Somaliland: Kill All but the Crows
People and Power, Al Jazeera English
June 16, 2016
People and Power goes on the trail of a Somali army commander accused of involvement in mass killings and war crimes.
He’s accused of war crimes in Somalia. Now he works security at a U.S. airport.
by Scott Brownstein, Kyra Phillips and Curt Devine, CNN
June 2, 2016
A CNN investigation found that Yusuf Abdi Ali, who is accused of committing atrocities while he was a military commander during Somalia’s brutal civil war, has been living a quiet life near the nation’s capital for about 20 years.
by Richard Luscombe, The Guardian
September 15th, 2015
Somali Expatriots Charged with War Crimes
The Washington Post
November 11th, 2004
A Safe Haven, But for Whom?
US News and World Report
November 15th, 1999
Former Somali Army Commander Living in Virginia Found Liable for Torture During Country’s Civil War
May 21, 2019
A jury in the Eastern District of Virginia finds Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali (aka “Tukeh”) liable for the torture of semi-nomadic Somali herder Farhan Warfaa
Former Somali Commander and Current Virginia Resident to Face Trial in Virginia for Torture and Attempted Extrajudicial Killing During Country’s Civil War
April 18, 2019
On May 13, 2019, former Somali National Army commander, Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, (aka “Tukeh”), a Virginia resident, will stand trial for his alleged role in the torture and attempted extrajudicial killing of Mr. Farhan Warfaa under the brutal Siad Barre regime, the military dictatorship that ruled Somalia from 1969 to 1991.
Fourth Circuit Denies Immunity to Former Somali War Criminal
February 1st, 2016
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to Review Standards for Accountability for Torture, War Crimes
September 4th, 2015