Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu Arrested for Perjury, Fraud, and Failure to Disclose his Involvement in the Senseless Liberian Civil War

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
May 15, 2014


Liberian politician Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu is arrested.¬†According to a press release published on the FBI website, "An indictment was unsealed yesterday charging Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a/k/a “Jucontee Thomas Smith,” 68, of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, with lying on his application for U.S. citizenship by not disclosing his alleged affiliation with a violent political group in Liberia, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Woewiyu is charged with seven counts of perjury, two counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship, four counts of fraud in immigration documents, and three counts of false statements in relation to naturalization."

The press release continues, "According to the indictment, Woewiyu was residing in the U.S. when he formed the Association for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL) to advocate against the regime of Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe in Liberia. Woewiyu, and others, also formed the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) a military organization committed to the violent overthrow of the Doe government. The ACDL provided funding to the NPFL. In 1990, a splinter group captured and executed Doe. The NPFL, however, persisted with a brutal campaign for control of the country. An attack in October of 1992 by NPFL forces left scores of residents of Monrovia dead. According to the indictment, Woewiyu presided as NPFL minister of defense during a brutal military campaign during which perceived adversaries were tortured, civilians were executed, girls and women were raped and forced into sex slavery, and humanitarian aid workers were murdered.

"In his application for U.S. citizenship, Woewiyu responded that he had not ever advocated for the overthrow of any government by force or violence and that he had never persecuted any person because of race, religion, national origin, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

"If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 110 years’ imprisonment, a $4 million fine, not more than three years’ supervised release, and a $1,600 special assessment.

"The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Linwood C. Wright, Jr.

"An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty."

Observers believe that the arrest is a warning to Liberian warlords masquerading as politicians in Liberia and those who live in the comfort of the United States.

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samuel Freeman
God blessed America! Justice will be served to those that lost their family during the Liberian civil war..
samuel Freeman at 07:21PM, 2014/05/16.

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