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(update) Ethiopian Torture Suspect Faces Immigration Violation In Denver

Article subtitle: 
Three Former Ethiopian Political Prisoners Identified Suspect
Article author: 
Phil Tenser
Article publisher: 
The Denver Channel
Article date: 
August 31, 2012
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

An Ethiopian torture suspect has been charged with identity theft and making false statements on U.S. immigration documents.Federal agents arrested Kefelegn Alemu Worku, 68, in Denver, saying he tortured political prisoners in Ethiopia during the late 1970s.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado says the case began to develop in May of 2011 with a tip from a naturalized citizen who was originally a native of Ethiopia. The tipster said he had encountered Worku in Denver and recognized him as a former prison guard during a period of Ethiopian history known as the “Red Terror.”

Authorities say Worku entered the U.S. illegally in 2004 using a stolen identity and falsified paperwork.Worku allegedly made false statements in connection with his November 2009 application to become a U.S. citizen, and repeated those statements in 2010 ... If convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, Worku faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, he faces an additional two year mandatory consecutive sentence and up to a $250,000 fine.


CAIRCO background info:

7 August 2009 BBC News  "Recording Ethiopia's Red Terror "

In the late 1970s Ethiopia's Marxist military rulers tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands in brutal repressions.

Read More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8187427.stm