Liberian accused of main insurgent military charged with U.S. immigration fraud


A Liberian man accused of being a normal for a insurgent group that tried to overthrow the West African nation’s authorities has been charged with immigration fraud in the US.

Laye Sekou Camara, additionally recognized by the alias Dragon Grasp, was charged Thursday with making false claims whereas making use of for a non-immigrant visa in 2011 and an immigrant visa the next 12 months. If convicted, the 43-year-old f Mays Touchdown, New Jersey, could possibly be sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $ 250,000 nice.

“As alleged within the indictment, this defendant tried to evade accountability for his horrific involvement in Liberia’s brutal civil wars by fraudulently acquiring U.S. immigration paperwork,” U.S. Legal professional Jennifer Arbittier Williams mentioned in a press release.

Camara is accused of being a high-ranking officer of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, considered one of two insurgent teams that wage civil conflict in opposition to the Liberian authorities of Charles Taylor beginning in 1999. The conflict was “characterised by brutality, conflict crimes and atrocities, lots of which had been perpetrated by LURD rebels,” who additionally recruited and used baby troopers, the Justice Division mentioned. The indictment in opposition to Camara states he utilized for a non-immigrant visa in June 2011 and in doing so falsely acknowledged that he had not been a member of a insurgent group and had by no means dedicated, ordered, incited or participated in political killings or different acts of violence.

His utility was accredited and Camara acquired a visa to enter the US. The subsequent 12 months, he utilized for a U.S. immigrant visa and is accused of falsely denying that he had not sought entry into the US by fraud or misrepresentation and that had by no means engaged within the recruitment or use of kid troopers. Once more, his utility was accredited.

He’s additionally accused of utilizing his fraudulently obtained Inexperienced Card in June 2017 in looking for a Pennsylvania state identification card. The defendant on this case, Mr. Camara, is alleged to have served as a high-ranking normal for a insurgent group that fought within the Second Liberian Civil Battle, all of the whereas using ways of unimaginable brutality, together with the recruitment of kid troopers,” mentioned William Walker, particular agent in control of the Homeland Safety Investigations Philadelphia Subject Workplace.

This indictment alleges Mr. Camara then tried to protect his violent previous when he got here to the US by failing to reveal his affiliation with the insurgent group. “We is not going to permit the US to be a secure haven for these trying to cover from their previous,” he mentioned.

From the late Nineteen Eighties till the early 2000s, Liberia was subsumed with civil conflict, with the primary beginning in 1989 and ending in 1997, ensuing within the deaths of some 250,000 folks. Taylor was elected president that 12 months, with the second civil conflict starting in 1999 when LURD and the Motion for Democracy in Liberia waged conflict in opposition to the brand new authorities. The second civil conflict lasted till 2003.

Supply: Reuters

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