Jury weighs immigration charge against Ethiopian

AP News
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:50 PM

DENVER (AP) — A jury is deliberating immigration charges against an Ethiopian immigrant in Colorado who has been accused of torturing and killing inmates in the African nation.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/ov6xtff ) federal prosecutors finished their case Friday against Kefelgn Alemu Worku (kah-FEH'-lun ah-LEE'-moo WER'-koo).

He's charged with unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalization, and identity theft. Prosecutors claim he lied on immigration forms when he denied committing political persecution.

If convicted, he could face up to 12 years in prison. He hasn't been charged in Denver with any crimes related to prison abuse.

Worku has acknowledged using a false name to gain admission to the U.S. but denies the torture allegations.

A witness testified Thursday that she saw Worku kill two boys in an Ethiopian prison in the late 1970s.