Attorney Represents Somali Torture Victim in $15 Million Case

Kenneth Cookson provided local counsel to the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in the Ahmed v. Magan case.

Ken represented Professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed, a human-rights activist who was tortured in Somalia by former colonel Abdi Aden Magan in the late 1980s. Ahmed discovered that Magan was residing in Columbus in 2010 and contacted CJA to help file a case. On November 12, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found Magan liable on all counts of torture, cruel treatment and arbitrary detention.

Mark R. Abel, a federal magistrate in Columbus, released his decision on damages on August 20, 2013, and ruled that the former Somali colonel pay Ahmed $15 million.

Following the case, the firm received a letter from CJA thanking Ken for his diligence to the case. “In the past year, I have come to know Ken to be not only a kind man, but a font of wisdom and information about litigation in the Southern District of Ohio, and general litigation,” said Kathy Roberts, legal director of CJA. “His expertise was positively invaluable in the final days leading up to the damages hearing.”