A person accused of committing atrocities during the 2nd Liberian Civil War, when he was identified as “General Dragon Grasp,” has been arrested by federal authorities in Pennsylvania.
Laye Sekou Camara was billed with employing a fraudulently received immigration doc, according to a felony criticism filed in the U.S. District Court for the Japanese District of Pennsylvania past week. While making use of for a non-immigrant visa in 2011, Camara allegedly claimed he had “hardly ever been a member of or involved with a paramilitary device, vigilante unit, rebel group, guerrilla group or insurgent corporation.”
Having said that, in accordance to an affidavit from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigator provided in the grievance, Camara was a leading member of the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, or LURD, which has been accused of committing atrocities, together with the massacre of civilians, in the course of the 1999-2003 war in Liberia.
“In fact, he was a superior-position member of the LURD rebel group during Liberia’s Next Civil War,” the investigator mentioned of Camara, according to a copy of the complaint presented to Newsweek by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Method on Extremism at George Washington University.
The criticism cites a 2004 Point out Division report that asserts Camara was also identified as “Sekou KAMARA” and “K1,” in addition to “Dragon Master.” At the time, Camara was “in hiding following he allegedly killed a fellow LURD Common acknowledged as Black Marine,” in accordance to the report.
Immediately after allegedly falsely acquiring a visa to enter the nation, Camara later on been given a eco-friendly card on the identical pretenses, which he went on to use on an application to Pennsylvania’s Office of Transportation in 2017. Camara had been living in southwest Philadelphia right before his arrest, in accordance to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvania’s Business of Lawyer Common, DHS, and other federal agencies introduced an investigation into Camara in July of last year. He was not the initial alleged previous Liberian war prison to be investigated on immigration fraud expenses.
In 2017, Mohammed Jabbateh, also recognised as “Jungle Jabbateh,” was convicted on fees of falsely getting immigration documents. He was a notorious warlord accused of atrocities fully commited during the 1st Liberian Civil War. Jabbateh, who experienced also been dwelling in Pennsylvania, was later on sentenced to 30 a long time in jail.
Liberia’s Initial Civil War, from 1989 to 1997, left hundreds of thousands lifeless, which includes a large selection of civilians. Forces led by Charles Taylor executed the previous Liberian President Samuel Doe in 1990, right before likely to wrestle for management of the state in a battle with many other rebel teams. The war finished when Taylor was elected Liberian president in 1997.
Rebel teams waging the Second Civil War hoped to take away Taylor, who resigned from business in August 2003 just before a peace arrangement ended the war. Taylor was later convicted in worldwide legal court docket of many war crimes and sentenced to 50 decades in jail.
Newsweek reached out to DHS and the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C., for comment.