A gentleman accused of committing atrocities throughout the 2nd Liberian Civil War, when he was identified as “Standard Dragon Learn,” has been arrested by federal authorities in Pennsylvania.
Laye Sekou Camara was charged with using a fraudulently acquired immigration doc, in accordance to a criminal criticism submitted in the U.S. District Courtroom for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania very last 7 days. Although implementing for a non-immigrant visa in 2011, Camara allegedly claimed he experienced “hardly ever been a member of or involved with a paramilitary unit, vigilante unit, rebel group, guerrilla team or insurgent organization.”
Nonetheless, in accordance to an affidavit from a Department of Homeland Safety (DHS) investigator provided in the criticism, Camara was a major member of the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, or LURD, which has been accused of committing atrocities, like the massacre of civilians, in the course of the 1999-2003 war in Liberia.
“In reality, he was a significant-rating member of the LURD rebel group for the duration of Liberia’s 2nd Civil War,” the investigator explained of Camara, in accordance to a copy of the complaint specified to Newsweek by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Software on Extremism at George Washington College.
The grievance cites a 2004 Point out Department report that asserts Camara was also acknowledged as “Sekou KAMARA” and “K1,” in addition to “Dragon Master.” At the time, Camara was “in hiding just after he allegedly killed a fellow LURD Typical regarded as Black Marine,” in accordance to the report.
Right after allegedly falsely getting a visa to enter the country, Camara afterwards received a eco-friendly card on the exact same pretenses, which he went on to use on an software to Pennsylvania’s Office of Transportation in 2017. Camara experienced been residing in southwest Philadelphia prior to his arrest, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pennsylvania’s Business office of Lawyer Standard, DHS, and other federal businesses released an investigation into Camara in July of previous yr. He was not the 1st alleged former Liberian war legal to be investigated on immigration fraud rates.
In 2017, Mohammed Jabbateh, also regarded as “Jungle Jabbateh,” was convicted on charges of falsely getting immigration documents. He was a infamous warlord accused of atrocities dedicated through the Initially Liberian Civil War. Jabbateh, who experienced also been dwelling in Pennsylvania, was afterwards sentenced to 30 many years in prison.
Liberia’s Initially Civil War, from 1989 to 1997, remaining hundreds of hundreds dead, together with a large amount of civilians. Forces led by Charles Taylor executed the previous Liberian President Samuel Doe in 1990, prior to heading to wrestle for handle of the place in a battle with various other rebel teams. The war finished when Taylor was elected Liberian president in 1997.
Rebel teams waging the Next Civil War hoped to take out Taylor, who resigned from workplace in August 2003 just just before a peace settlement ended the war. Taylor was later on convicted in worldwide criminal court docket of numerous war crimes and sentenced to 50 years in jail.
Newsweek achieved out to DHS and the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C., for comment.