The government has dropped the names of two defendants from a case of alleged juvenile sex trafficking so that the case may move forward.
U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. signed an order Friday severing Abdikarim Osman Ali and Abdigadir Ahmed Khalif from the list of 29 individuals indicted last fall on a variety of charges including juvenile sex trafficking, credit card fraud and obstruction of justice involving members and associates of three Somali gangs.
Last November, law enforcement officials arrested two dozen suspects allegedly involved in the sex trafficking ring with connections between Nashville and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Filed by Assistant U.S Attorney Van Vincent, the order granting a motion states that Ali and Khalif were removed from the indictment “to avoid necessary delay as these defendants have not been apprehended.”
In his motion filed Feb. 28, Vincent wrote that Ali fled the United States after being notified prior to the indictment that his DNA had been found on one of the underage Jane Does listed in the indictment.
“The United States does not anticipate defendant # 5 Ali being apprehended in the foreseeable future,” the motion stated.
The government does, however, anticipate arresting Khalif, who is currently a fugitive, but authorities have “no foreseeable time period in which this may occur.”