New Democrat (Monrovia)

14 January 2013

Liberia: Convicted Human Trafficker Awaits Judgment

The 2nd Judicial Circuit Court in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County will hand down a judgment this Friday in the case of a Pakistani man convicted of human trafficking and liability for the death of one of his compatriots.

Officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) arrested Mr. Mohammed IIIyas and accused him of complicity in human trafficking after he brought into the country other Pakistanis to assist him in the act.

Upon the completion of investigation by the immigration personnel, suspect Illyas was taken to the Circuit of in Buchanan for prosecution on charges of human trafficking and his role in the death of his colleague.

A statement from the BIN said the case was heard on December 6, 11 and 13 in 2012 respectively and that an empanelled jury brought a guilty verdict against suspect Illyas for human trafficking.

The BIN statement did not state the Pakistani's version of the case in court - whether he even took the plea or even gave evidence of his role in the alleged act.

The statement signed by the Director of Communication of the BIN, named Mohamed Tufail, Salif Ullah, Amad Ali, and Mohamed Siddique as some of those he allegedly brought into the country to offer them job to work at his sawmill company called IST IMPEX INTERNATIONAL in Buchanan.

"But to the contrary, the five Pakistanis found themselves in a very deplorable conditions that resulted into the death of Mr. Mohammed Siddique," the statement said.

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