Kefelegn Alemu Worku, Ethiopian Torture Suspect, Arrested In Denver, Colorado
Note: There are a number TPLF torturers also who live peacefully in foreign countries today. Time will come when they will also be hunted down like Kefalegn Alemu, Dergue era torturer.
Aug 31, 2012, DENVER — Federal agents in Denver have arrested an Ethiopian immigrant, saying he tortured political prisoners in his home country.
Prosecutors said Friday that three former Ethiopian political prisoners identified the man they arrested last week as Kefelegn Alemu Worku (kah-FEH’-lun ah-LEE’-moo WER’-koo), saying he beat and tormented them and others in the late 1970s. They say all three picked him out of a photo lineup.
The man’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Authorities say Worku entered the U.S. illegally in 2004 using a stolen identity and falsified paperwork.
Prosecutors say he is about 68 years old and has been living in a Denver apartment. They declined to say how he had been supporting himself.
The two-year Red Terror period began in 1977 when Mengistu Haile Mariam assumed unofficial control of the provisional Military Administrative Committee also known as the Dergue. During that period, tens of thousands of Ethiopians were held, tortured or killed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Worku also used the names Habteab Berhe Temanu, John Doe, Habteab B. Temanu, “TUFA”, Kefelegn Alemu and Kefelegn Alemu Worku.
Worku was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 20 and arrested four day later. He made his first appearance in court on Monday.
Worku allegedly made false statements in connection with his November 2009 application to become a U.S. citizen, and repeated those statements in 2010. According to the federal prosecutors, those statements included using the false name Habteab Berhe Temanu, saying he was the father of five children and falsely responding to a question that asked if he had ever previously persecuted someone.
If convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, Worku faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, he faces an additional two year mandatory consecutive sentence and up to a $250,000 fine.