By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer @jeremyrroebuck | email@example.com|
(Philly.com) All week, his fellow Liberians have lined up outside a Philadelphia federal courtroom to accuse alleged war criminal Mohammed Jabateh of acts of unfathomable cruelty.
But on Thursday, the jury weighing the 51-year-old East Lansdowne man’s immigration-fraud case heard for the first time Jabateh’s own account of the ethnic conflict that ravaged his native country in the early 1990s.
Like many of his accusers, he, too, said he had been persecuted based on his tribal affiliation. Like them, he also saw loved ones raped and gunned down while attempting to escape the chaos. And, he told U.S. immigration officers in 1998, his time during the war could be traced by the scars left on his body by torture.
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