Sekou Kamara, is an alleged former high-ranking member of the LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy). On March 26, 2022, Mr. Kamara was arrested in New York, U.S., following a criminal complaint submitted to the United States District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania in March 2022. The complaint states that Mr. Kamara allegedly lied to the immigration authorities about his purported role in the armed group. According to the complaint, his noms de guerre were K1 and Dragon Master.

In his application for a U.S. visa, Mr. Kamara stated that he had never been a member of, or been involved in, a “paramilitary unit, vigilante group, rebel group, guerrilla group or insurgent organization”.

The U.S. authorities’ complaint illustrates how Mr. Kamara purportedly appears as a LURD commander in several media reports of the Second Liberian Civil War, including a New York Times article dated from 2003, and a documentary.

On April 8th, 2022, Mr. Kamara was released on bail subject to home monitoring except for employment, court and medical visits.

Mr. Kamara’s case is the third public criminal prosecution in Philadelphia related to the Liberian civil wars, following “Jungle Jabbah”, former ULIMO commander, Thomas Woewiyu, former NPFL spokesman and minister of defense. Civitas Maxima and the GJRP provided assistance to the US authorities in these cases.

*Mr Kamara’s role in the LURD is alleged and will be the key issue of the case.

Facts

FactionLURD*
NationalityLiberian
StatusAwaiting Trial

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