Somali students to protest unsolved murders

Image courtesy of the family of Ahmednur Ali A Somali group will protest Friday, after charges against one suspected murderer were dropped. Ten murders of Somalis remain unsolved, according to Students Against Violence.

Charges against Ramadan Abdi Shiekh Osman, the 16-year-old who was detained on suspicion of killing Augsberg College student Ahmednur Ali in September 2008, were dropped because two witnesses recanted their testimony, according to a story in Minneapolis Bridgeland news.

"Two of the critical witnesses we needed to make our case recanted, and one literally went south to Mexico," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told Bridgeland News. The day the case was set to go to trial, June 1, charges were dropped against Osman, and the now 17-year-old was released from custody.

Hindia Ali, Ahmednur's sister, helped organize the protest with Students Against Violence. The families of the deceased will protest at Minneapolis's City Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday June 12.

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