International War Criminal Obtained Refugee Status in 2004, US Citizenship in 2010

No biometrics here, witnesses came forward. Kumar Kibble, former Deputy Director of ICE, is now back in the field trying to clean up past mistakes, I wonder if he ever runs into Rob Cowan out there?


August 31, 2012


Court  documents reveal defendant was involved in war crimes in 1970s

DENVER – John  Doe, a/k/a Habteab Berhe Temanu, a/k/a Habteab B Temanu, a/k/a “TUFA”, a/k/a  Kefelegn Alemu, a/k/a Kefelegn Alemu Worku, age approximately 68, a Denver  resident of Ethiopian descent, was arrested without incident last week by  special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland  Security Investigations (HSI) for making false statements on immigration  documents and identity theft, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and ICE HSI Special  Agent in Charge Kumar Kibble announced.   Temanu (a/k/a Worku) appeared in court yesterday, August 30, 2012, for a  detention hearing as well as arraignment, but that hearing was continued until  Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

The  defendant was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on August 20,  2012.  He was arrested on August 24,  2012.  Temanu (a/k/a Worku) made his  initial appearance on August 27, 2012, where he was advised of the charges  pending against him.

According  to the indictment, as well as other court documents, including an affidavit in  support of a search warrant of the residence of Temanu (a/k/a Worku), the  defendant did knowingly possess and use and attempt to possess and use, without  lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, Habteab Berhe  Temanu, and knowing that other person to be a real person and during and in  relation to the felony violation of unlawful procurement of citizenship or  naturalization.  Further, between  November 22, 2009 and March 2, 2010, the defendant did knowingly procure and  attempt to procure, contrary to law, and without being entitled thereto, the  naturalization of any person, and documentary and other evidence of  naturalization and citizenship.   Specifically, the defendant Temanu (a/k/a Worku) made false statements  in connection with his application for naturalization which was submitted in  November 2009, and which statements the defendant re-affirmed under penalty of  perjury in March 2010, including falsely identifying himself as Habteab Berhe  Temanu; falsely representing that he was the father of five children; and  falsely responding “No” to the question: “Have you ever persecuted (either  directly or indirectly) any person because of race, religion, national  origin, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

In  May 2011, HSI received information from an informant who was a naturalized U.S.  citizen, originally a native of Ethiopia, that he had recently encountered a  person in Denver who he recognized as Kefelegn Alemu Worku, a prison guard  during a period in the late 1970’s in Ethiopia known as the “Red Terror.”

In  the late 1970’s in Ethiopia, Mengistu Haile Mariam assumed unofficial control  of the Provisional Military Administrative Committee also known as the  Dergue.  The Dergue was a committee of  nearly 120 military officers that established a Marxist regime and abolished  Ethiopia’s Constitution and arrested the former emperor and members of the  imperial government for alleged crimes against the Ethiopian people.  Mengistu seized full control in 1977 which unleashed  a two-year campaign known as the “Red Terror.”

During  the Red Terror, tens of thousands of Ethiopian men, women and children  suspected of being members or supporters of the anti-Dergue group were  arrested, tortured and summarily executed.   One prison that held, tortured and killed individuals was known as “Kebele  15″ or “Kefetegna 15″ which in English roughly translates as “Higher  15.”  This prison housed approximately  1500 prisoners who had been imprisoned due to their political opinions and affiliations.  During the Red Terror families of the killed  or missing were often required to pay the government for the bullet used to  kill the family member.  Historical  accounts indicate that a minimum of 10,000 people were killed in the city of  Addis Ababa alone in 1977, with probably comparable numbers in the provinces in  1977 and 1978.

The  witness explained that he had become a political prisoner in Ethiopia in 1978  when he was arrested and sent to the Higher 15.   He witnessed Worku torture fellow prisoners and learned that other  prisoners were being executed at the hands of prison guards, including  Worku.  The informant managed to escape  the prison in September 1979.  Two additional  Ethiopian refugees who are now naturalized U.S. citizens also identified the  defendant as Worku and recounted how Worku had personally participated in  beating and torturing them at the same prison during the same time period.

HSI  agents, using information obtained from the informant, determined that Worku  was using the identity of Habteab B. Temanu and living in an apartment in  Denver.  Immigration records confirmed  that Worku, using Temanu’s identity, came to the United States in July 2004 as  a refugee.  He lived in Denver until his  indictment this month.

“The  United States’ commitment to human dignity and freedom across the globe  requires us to police our own borders against international criminals who use  fraud and deceit to hide in our country,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.  “This case demonstrates our commitment as a  nation to upholding the rule of law by identifying and prosecuting human rights  violators.”

“Homeland  Security Investigations will not allow international human rights violator  fugitives to seek safe haven in the United States,” said Kumar Kibble, Special  Agent in Charge of ICE HSI Denver.  “In  addition to investigating these fugitives, HSI also works to strip the U.S.  citizenship from these individuals who fraudulently obtained it.”

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