A federal judge in Columbus has ruled that a former Somali warlord violated another man's civil rights.
In 2010, 10TV News interviewed Somali Colonel Abdi Aden Magen, who denied torturing anyone during political unrest in Mogadishu in 1988.
But one of his prisoners, Abukar Hassan Ahmed, told 10TV News that Magan ordered subordinates to torture him in his jail cell.
Now, a federal judge in Columbus ruled that it was a case of human rights violations, marking the first time that someone from the Somali National Security Service was deemed liable for the torture of a civilian.
He was ordered to pay $15 million in damages for torturing Ahmed.
Lawyers said that Magen fled to Kenya and his whereabouts are currently unknown.
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