The judgment against Mohamed Ali Samantar of Fairfax comes at the end of an eight-year legal battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Seven Somali natives filed the lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria against Samantar, who was prime minister and a top general in the regime of dictator Siad Barre.
The suit claimed that Samantar personally ordered the killings and torture of members of a minority clan in Somalia.
Samantar denied the accusations and claimed immunity from the lawsuit. On the day the trial was to begin, he entered a default judgment.
He is currently in bankruptcy.