Jurors picked for trial of Delco man accused of role in Liberia war crimes

June 11, 2018 GMT

By Staff

A jury of eight men and four women was selected Monday to decide the fate of a Delaware County man who federal prosecutors say oversaw brutal atrocities committed during Liberia’s first civil war and later lied about it while seeking U.S. citizenship.

Thomas Woewiyu — a 72-year-old grandfather in Collingdale and leader in the region’s Liberian diaspora community — served in the early ’90s as chief spokesman and defense minister to Liberian strongman Charles Taylor, who later became president and ultimately was convicted of crimes against humanity in 2012.

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