Source: Front Page Africa
|George E, S. Boley
Former Warlord, – George E, S. Boley, former leader of the defunct rebel faction the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) is undergoing counseling following his deportation from the United States of America (USA).
Sources informed FrontPage Africa Tuesday that the former head of the LPC is undergoing counseling at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
“Boley is at present screened and counseled to over come his frustration like any other deportees, he will be screened and counseled daily until we feel satisfied to tell him to go,” said a source at BIN.
Unlike other deportees from the United States whose presence at the Bureau is open to the press, George Boley’s present activities at the BIN have been kept under wraps.
This was seen last Friday at the Immigration Bureau upon the arrival of the deported rebel leader, when a scuffle broke up between the brother of Boley, Dweh Boley, and that of a FrontPage reporter Wade Williams while Williams was trying to photograph George Boley.
The digital camera belonging to the FrontPage reporter was seized in the process by the deportee’s brother Dweh Boley and pictures already taken by the journalist were deleted while Immigration officers who were presence could not protect the journalist from the attack during the time of the scuffle.
Madam Weade Kobbah Wleh, a Grievance Committee Chairman of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), who was also on the scene, made no solid effort to calm the situation because of her claim of being a friend to the deportee. The camera was returned at a later time by her instruction with all of the photos deleted.
George Boley was the key organizer and head of the rebel movement, the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) that operated largely in the southeast of the country. Fighting between Taylor, Boley and other warring factions which extended as far from the Southeast to other parts of the country left many Liberians killed and properties destroyed.
Former rebel leader Boley left the country for the United States where in the 1990s. His recent deportation to Liberia March 30,2012 followed a trial in an immigration court that found him guilty for allegedly recruiting child soldiers during the country’s civil conflict.
Reports claimed that while in the United States the former rebel leader was investigated for over six years by agents with the Buffalo Office of US Immigration and Custom Enforcement. George Boley was deported using the 2008 Child Soldier’s Accountability Act, the recruitment and use of child soldiers is grounds for the denial of entry of deportation from the United States.
George Boley is the second Liberian to be tried in the US for their alleged role in the civil war in the country. Chuckie Taylor, son of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, was sentenced to 97 years in prison under the 2009 Anti-Torture Act.
Chuckie Taylor, an American citizen, was sentenced after tried and found guilty for human rights abuses while serving as head of the elite force of his father styled the Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU).
The Ministry of Justice has not commented on where Boley will be a free man in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report that have already indicted him and other warlords of committing atrocities in the country’s decade long civil uprising.
Warlords, including former LPC leader, George Boley, Prince Johnson, Sekou Dameteh Conneh, Professor Ahlahiji Kromah, Charles Taylor among others have all been placed on the TRC’s list as those who bear the greatest responsibilities in the country’s civil unrest which lasted for 15 years and killed roughly 250,000 people.
Boley served as former Minister of Education in the 1980 military junta led by the slain Master/Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe. He also formed the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) to battle against the rebels of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), headed by Charles Taylor.