COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who said he was tortured by a former Somali military colonel now living in Columbus said his pain was so great that he spent 20 years trying to find the person responsible.
Earlier this month, a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages was filed on behalf of Abukar Hassan Ahmed, who was a professor and human rights lawyer in Somalia during the 1980s.
The lawsuit claimed Abdi Aden Magan, of Columbus, authorized the torture of Ahmed when Magan served as investigations chief of the National Security Service of Somalia.
The complaint alleged that Ahmed was placed in “solitary confinement for a year and three months” without being charged with a crime, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
It also alleged that Ahmed was put on a starvation diet and had his genitals “squeezed with iron instruments.”
On Thursday, Ahmed said the effects of the torture still linger.
“Mentally I’m not so good because I have some nightmares, so I’m still suffering from that torture,” he said.
Ahmed said sand and rocks were stuffed in his mouth and he was beaten with sticks. He said the acts were ordered by Magan.
“In front of me, he told his subordinates to do their job,” Ahmed said. “That means they have to torture me.”
A few weeks ago, Magan denied claims that he tortured Ahmed. He said that he learned about the allegations over the computer.
“This is absolutely unacceptable,” Magan said. “Absolutely (false) information.”
Ahmed said he spent 20 years trying to find Magan, and that he was surprised to find him living in the United States.
“I was ashamed that the United States would host such criminals in their country,” he said.
According to Ahmed, Magan’s only option is to admit his guilt.
“There is nowhere you can hide yourself until you confess and repent,” he said.
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April 22, 2010 : Columbus Man Faces Somali Torture Claim