Liberian ex-warlord deported from US arrives home
The former Liberian warlord, who was recently deported from the United States for his role in the country’s civil war, Dr. George Boley has now arrived home.
The 62-year-old Boley, who was first arrested in the US back in 2010, arrived in the capital, Monrovia Friday evening.
According to a leading Liberian daily and online news agency, Frontpageafrica, Boley was escorted by American immigration agents but he was not handcuffed.
The report said when he arrived at the Roberts International Airport he was released shortly to the custody of family members, after a brief appearance at Liberia’s Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
A brother of the former rebel leader, angry of photos being taken of the airport scene, reportedly seized the camera of the Frontpageafrica’s Editor, Wade Williams and later deleted the shots before returning the camera.
Boley first served as Education Minister in the military government of the late Samuel Doe in the 1980s. Later, as leader of the anti-Charles Taylor rebel group, Liberian Peace Council (LPC), he served as member of the defunct transitional collective presidency, Council of State in the 1990s.
U.S. Immigration and Customs officials accused Boley of leading a rebel faction responsible for human rights abuses, during the Liberian civil war, which ended in 2003.
An immigration judge last month ordered Boley removed under the Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008, which added the recruitment and use of child soldiers as grounds for deportation.
His family has strongly denied the allegations.