Somali Community Leader Accused of Lying

July 31, 2004

Kelly Thornton from the San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that the Somali President of the San Diego-based Western Somali Relief Agency is being prosecuted for lying at his naturalization interview. The government is alleging that he was involved with a charity organization that collected funds for terrorism and failed to disclose it at his 2002 interview. It appears that his case is before a U.S. District Court, although Thornton mistakenly calls it immigration proceedings. Immigration proceedings are before Immigration Judges, not U.S. District Court judges. If the Somali leader is convicted of lying he most likely will be placed in immigration proceedings at the conclusion of his imprisonment period. There an Immigration Judge will determine whether he should be deported based on his conviction.

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