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Another Prime Minister up for War Crimes


It is odd how dog-fighting and a cross in the desert are mentioned, but a Prime Minister convicted of war crimes going to the ICC is BURIED at the bottom of the list and not mentioned? A day will come when we will see the important news front page.

Key cases before US Supreme Court

Cases involving US gun laws, videos depicting dog-fighting and the presence of a cross in the Mojave desert are among those expected to dominate a fresh session of the US Supreme Court which opens on Monday.


The Supreme Court will consider whether a human rights case against former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Samantar should be allowed to proceed.

The lawsuit alleges that Mr Samantar, who now lives in the US state of Virginia, was responsible for killings, rape and torture while defence minister and prime minister under the authoritarian regime of Siad Barre in the 1980s and early 1990s.

A district court threw out the case in 2007, ruling that Mr Samantar was immune from prosecution under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. But an appeals court disagreed, ruling that the law did not extend to individuals, only to countries and their agencies.

The justices will have to decide whether an individual acting in an official capacity for a foreign state is immune from prosecution.



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