Delco man convicted of hiding past as Liberian war criminal

July 3, 2018 GMT

By Staff

A Delaware County man accused of hiding his past as a top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor was convicted Tuesday on federal immigration fraud charges – the second historic verdict of its kind in Philadelphia and one that recharged calls for an end to impunity in the West African nation where war criminals have largely gone unpunished for decades.

Thomas Woewiyu – a 73-year-old grandfather and former spokesperson and defense minister for Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) – is the highest-ranking official to be found guilty of crimes tied to the numerous documented atrocities that occurred during Liberia’s first civil war, a protracted, multifaction conflict that ravaged the country between 1989 and 1997.

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