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Ex-prime minister of Somalia to be deposed in long-running war crimes lawsuit in Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) ' A long-running human-rights lawsuit against a former prime minister of Somalia now living in the U.S. is expected to finally reach a key stage this week.
In 2004 two Somali-American men filed a federal lawsuit against Mohamed Ali Samantar. He was a top lieutenant to dictator Siad Barre throughout the 1980s.
Samantar now lives quietly in Fairfax, Va., outside Washington. Plaintiff Aziz Deria of Bellevue, Wash., says his father and brother were killed in actions directed by Samantar.
A judge initially gave Samantar diplomatic immunity and tossed the lawsuit but the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the case.
Samantar is scheduled to begin three days of depositions Thursday. Deria says holding Samantar accountable is worth the wait.