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Habtom Merhay Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Smuggling Eritreans and Ethiopians into the U.S.

ONE TRAFFICKER LESS. A dual British-Eritrean citizen, Habtom Merhay, found guilty of smuggling nearly 100 illegal Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrants into the U.S.
ONE TRAFFICKER LESS. A dual British-Eritrean citizen, Habtom Merhay, is now behind bars for smuggling nearly 100 illegal Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrants into the U.S.

By U.S. Department of Justice,

AN ERITREAN national, who is also a citizen of the United Kingdom, was sentenced today (16) to three years in prison for smuggling up to 99 undocumented migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia into the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. of the District of Columbia, and Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations’ (ICE-HSI) Washington, D.C., Field Office made the announcement.  U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia imposed the sentence.

Habtom Merhay, 47, of the United Kingdom, pleaded guilty to human smuggling charges on Sept. 24, 2014.  Continue reading Habtom Merhay Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Smuggling Eritreans and Ethiopians into the U.S.

Britain’s Guantanamo Bay in Eritrea

This story describes how Britain used Eritrea as a prison camp during the Second World War.

By Martin Plaut,

The controversial detention of alleged al-Qaeda members by the United States at Guantanamo Bay is not the first time difficult prisoners have been held without charge for long periods of time.

Nearly 60 years ago, Britain detained members of the Jewish underground in a similar way. Continue reading Britain’s Guantanamo Bay in Eritrea