Former Charles Taylor Security Forces Commander Deported From U.S.

Mr. Alexander Mentol Zinnah, 56, been escorted by ICE officers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of imprisoned former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s security forces has been deported from the United States back to Liberia, US immigration enforcement officials said.

Alexander Mentol Zinnah, 56, had been living in Minnesota. Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported him Tuesday and flew him to Liberia, where he was turned over to Liberian law enforcement.

In 2017, federal agents based in St. Paul arrested Zinnah for immigration violations. Zinnah was a member of a rebel group led by Taylor, who was Liberia’s president from 1997 until he resigned in 2003, ICE said. Taylor is serving a 50-year prison sentence for war crimes related to atrocities in neighboring Sierra Leone.

According to ICE, Zinnah was a member of Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia, which sparked a civil war that left more than 200,000 civilians dead. Zinnah also was a member of the Liberian National Police and served as a commander in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, while Taylor was president of Liberia, ICE said.

An immigration court ordered Zinnah deported in May 2019. An immigration appeals board denied his appeal in January and his petition to be released from custody was dismissed by a U.S. District Court in February.

Source: CBS

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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.