ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging the reporting of human rights abusers hiding in plain sight. It hopes to raise the profile of a relatively new prosecution unit and to make refugees comfortable with helping investigators.
That's how a former jail guard came to the attention of federal authorities. He is suspected of torturing and maiming political prisoners at a jail in Ethiopia.
In 2004, he came to the United States under a false identity and sought political asylum. He claimed he would be persecuted if he returned home.
He lived comfortably in Denver until 2011, when another Ethiopian recognized him outside a cafe and confronted him with the words, "I think I know you."
He was prosecuted and convicted last year of lying about his past on visa forms.