The case below highlights what’s wrong with our immigration and asylum program. We count on honesty from the people who want to come to America. We take them at their word. The one case below is probably not the only case of someone who wants to come to America but hides their violent past:
A COUSIN OF THIS MONSTER SAYS THERE ARE “MANY MORE” LIKE HIM LIVING IN THE US:
Among those American Liberians who know Jabateh since his arrival in the U.S. in 1998 is a cousin and fellow businessman named Voffee Jabateh, who called Mohammed Jabateh “a pillar” of the local community.
“I got to know Mohammed here, as a family man,” Voffee Jabateh said.
Mohammed Jabateh’s attorney, Greg Pagano, told NBC10 that Jabateh is “peaceful, deeply religious, and he is intensely loyal to the United States of America.”
John Prall, another Liberian who escaped to southeastern Pennsylvania, will be watching the trial closely. He hopes it is a start, not an end, to the pursuit of justice for victims of his native country’s civil war.
Prall believes there are more than one former warlord living in his community.
“There are so many here,” he said. “There are so many.”
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING…Our government needs to do a much better job of investigating anyone who wants asylum to find out if they are truly worthy and who they say they are. This guy was able to escape his atrocities in Liberia and start a new life in America…
“JUNGLE JABBAH” LIVING IN A SUBURB NEAR YOU
A Liberian warlord who allegedly murdered his enemies and had their hearts cooked and eaten was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for lying about his murderous past while seeking asylum to the United States.
Mohammed Jabbateh, 51 – known as feared commander “Jungle Jabbah” – received asylum to the U.S. in 1998. He settled into a life in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, where he started a business and a family, all the while lying about the atrocities he committed during Liberia’s multi-faction civil war that ravaged the West African nation between 1989 and 1997.
He “committed various acts of shocking brutality including rapes, sexual enslavement, slave labor, murder, mutilation and ritual cannibalism,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release on Thursday.
Jabbateh, who built an international shipping business and is the father of 13 children in the U.S. and Africa, was found guilty in October of two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury. He was the first person found guilty of crimes connected to the documented atrocities during the civil war.
Prosecutors said Jabbateh was not truthful during his asylum application nor when seeking permanent legal residency about his membership in the group called the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy, and later ULIMO-K, rebel groups that battled for control of Liberia.
During his trial last year, two dozen witnesses, including 17 Liberian victims, testified against Jabbateh.
One said the former warlord sliced a baby from a pregnant woman’s stomach and strung her intestines up as rope. One woman testified that she had been captured and turned into a sex slave at 13 and was raped daily for weeks until she managed to escape.
“This defendant committed acts of such violence and depravity that they are almost beyond belief,” U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “For his surviving victims and the family members of those he brutally murdered, we hope this sentence offers some measure of comfort.”