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Liberian senate candidate held in US fraud case
Liberian senate candidate detained in US immigration fraud case; had served in cabinet
Associated Press
2014-05-17 03:42 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Liberian senate candidate accused of lying about his past on U.S. immigration papers will remain jailed in Pennsylvania to await trial.

Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu has lived in the U.S. since 1972, even while holding high-level positions at times in the Liberian government.

Federal agents in Philadelphia say he lied on citizenship papers about his political ties to convicted war criminal Charles Taylor, the country's former president.

A judge Friday denied him bail on fraud and perjury charges, deeming him a flight risk. Woewiyu pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Defense lawyer Benjamin Perez questions why the 61-year-old legal resident would flee when he hopes to become a U.S. citizen.

Woewiyu lives near Philadelphia, and has a wife and six children in the U.S.

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