The New Dawn (Monrovia)

14 January 2013

Liberia: Pakistani Faces Deportation

A Pakistani national judged guilty for human trafficking by the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County about 170 miles east-west of Monrovia has been ordered deported by Government of Liberia.

In its pronouncement, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) said IIyas (E-le-as) was engaged in human trafficking and other suspected crimes which are against Liberian laws.

The Bureau told the media Friday that Mohammed has violated Chapter Seven of the aliens and nationality laws of the Republic; therefore, he has been ordered deported. Mohammed Ilyas (E-le-as) was brought down guilty by the Trial Jurors at the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Buchanan on 5 January. The Pakistani is proprietor of a small sawmilling business located in Big Joe Town, Lower Buchanan.

Indicted last year, IIyas was found guilty after he deceived, recruited and brought to Liberia five of his compatriots to work for him, promising them attractive salaries, decent housing facilities, good meal (food) and round trip airfares from and to Pakistan.

Mohammed claimed to have had a big and lucrative business establishment in Liberia and promised to pay fellow countrymen such huge salaries for which they agreed to follow him.

But having worked for several months, IIyas(E-le-as) failed to fulfill promises made, thereby subjecting his compatriots to extreme hardship which resulted to the death of one them in September 2012.

In the aftermath, Mohammed was arrested by Immigration, investigated and charged with human trafficking before later arraigned at the Circuit Court in Buchanan. This is not the first of its kind in the country as there have been several of such cases involving various nationals, mainly Asians and Africans.

Human, arm and drug trafficking, sex slavery (prostitution) and money laundering, amongst others have polluted the sub-region (West Africa) with Liberia being no exception; writes TKS.

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