Philadelphia, USA – Thomas Woewiyu, former spokesman for the National Patriotic Party of Liberia (NPFL), who was convicted by a U.S. court in July for immigration fraud and perjury, has had his sentencing delayed by more than a month until November 26, U.S. Justice Department officials have said.
Woewiyu’s sentencing was scheduled for October 15, but Justice officials said they needed more time to compile a report before his sentencing. He was convicted on 11 of 16 counts and faces up to 75 years in a U.S. jail. Woewiyu is appealing the verdict.
“The delay is inconsequential,” explained Linwood C. Wright, U.S. Assistant District Attorney, in an email on Sunday. “The U.S. Probation Office prepares a pre-sentence investigation report for the Court on every defendant who is convicted of a crime,” he added.
Woewiyu, 73, became the highest-ranking war criminal to be convicted and sentenced to jail in America. His conviction following the sentencing of Mohammed Jabbateh, alias Jungle Jabbah, for similar offenses in April. Jabbateh became the first person jailed in America for a role in the Liberian civil war.