The Latest: Jury picked in Liberian’s immigration fraud case

PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on the immigration fraud trial of Mohammed Jabbateh

A jury has been selected in the immigration fraud case of a man prosecutors say committed war crimes in Liberia and then lied about his past to enter the U.S.

Fifty-one-year-old Mohammed Jabbateh on Monday was in federal court in Philadelphia on charges that he lied on immigration forms while seeking asylum and residency nearly two decades ago.

Prosecutors say Jabbateh was a high-ranking member of Liberian rebel groups for much of the 1990s. They have lined up several witnesses who claim to have seen him order or commit war atrocities.

Jabbateh’s attorney says his client denies taking part in the violent acts.

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Source: Washington Post/Associated Press

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.