More delays in the Tennessee Somali sex trafficking case

And, what do you know—refugee immigration documents are inaccurate for some.

(Previous posts on this case can be found here)

From AP at (raise your hand if you’ve seen this story mentioned anywhere on the mainstream media!):

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A federal trial involving more than a dozen defendants accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs has faced a series of delays.

U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes again this week ordered jurors to return on Monday as defense attorneys argued that the defendants, many of whom are refugees from Somalia, were juveniles at the time the alleged crimes occurred.

The indictment said three gangs called the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws were forcing teenage girls into prostitution and operated in St. Paul, Minnesota; Minneapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville.

After selecting a jury last month, the trial was delayed last week when prosecutors turned over thousands of documents and audio recordings from the investigation to defense attorneys on the eve of trial. Both defense attorneys and federal prosecutors have repeatedly declined to comment about the case.

Who exactly is my mama, and when exactly was I born?

Many, but not all the defendants, are described as refugees who came to the United States as young children. [What about the others, were they born here, or came illegally?—ed] Police have relied on immigration paperwork to determine their ages, but defense attorneys have argued in court that information in those documents are routinely incorrect due to cultural and language issues.*

One defendant, Abdirahman Abdirazak Hersi, has a date of birth listed in police records as Feb. 20, 1990, but his mother testified in court Wednesday that he had been born in Somalia on Dec. 1, 1991, and that her sister was incorrectly listed as his mother in immigration records.

His attorney has asked the judge to dismiss some of the charges against his client because he would have been a juvenile at the time of the offenses and he never had a juvenile status hearing that would determine whether he would face the charges as an adult.

* Or due to fraud!   New readers may not know that the family reunification portion of the Refugee Resettlement Program was (maybe still is!) closed for years beginning in 2008 when the State Department discovered widespread fraud primarily from Somalia and East Africa.   The “family” members turned out not to be related at all.  Here is my original reporting.  And, as of this writing (July 2011)—fewer refugees coming to the US due to security concerns—the program had not resumed.

Mali: Rebels, Jihadists, making more refugees in Africa

Here we go again.  This time it’s “rebels” flowing back to Mali, one of the few previously stable democracies in Africa, with large caches of Gaddafi’s sophisticated weapons, raping and pillaging as they go.  The chaos is making an opening for the Jihadists to push for a Shariah government.

The other day while driving some distance I listened to NPR (something I rarely do, but my usual talk radio wasn’t available) and I heard an interview with a western woman in Mali’s capital.  I didn’t catch who she was, but there was no doubt she was an expert on Mali.   She was giving stern warning to NPR listeners about the dangers of Shariah law coming to Mali.  I was frankly surprised to note the interviewer took her very seriously.  And, it made me wonder why the Left is so quick to dismiss Shariah law being instituted bit by bit in the West.  (Maybe it’s just a head-in-sand reaction that keeps them from discussing the horrible possibility for us.)

From the UK Telegraph:

The rebels, armed with weapons stolen from Muammar Gaddafi’s formidable arsenal, took over an area of the Sahara as big as France in an astonishing 72 hours, taking advantage of the chaotic aftermath of an army coup.

Few of the people they promised to free waited to find out what freedom would be like. Instead, an estimated 250,000 people left their homes, terrified families fleeing with their children and possessions. Many told tales of looting and rape by rebels who now control a vast area in the heart of Africa.

Foreign governments were left scrambling to find out exactly who the rebels were, amid fears that a base for al-Qaeda will now be set up in the Sahara similar to ones in lawless parts of Pakistan and Somalia.

Read it all.

I wonder if Obama (remember responsibility to protect!) will go down in history as the President who presided over the spread of Shariah Law across Africa—Egypt then Lybia, and now Mali?


LOL!  I’m eager to see who federal contractors will be adding to their refugee wish list on May 1st (see refugee hearing here).   Will it include Egyptians, Libyans and Malians?  It was at one such meeting a few years ago that one of the contractors was pushing for the resettlement of Rohingya (Burmese Muslims) to the US.  They eventually got their wish.  We have 100 posts to date on the Rohingya here, if you would like to learn more.