Legal Monitoring of the Jungle Jabbah Case

Jungle Jabbah Held Guilty of Four Counts and Sentenced to Thirty Years in Prison


Mohammed Jabbateh, a/k/a "Jungle Jabbah," a Liberian national living in the United States, stood trial in federal court in Philadelphia this October on immigration fraud and perjury charges. Jabbateh was charged with two counts of fraud in immigration documents and two counts of perjury stemming from statements he made in connection with his applications for asylum and later for legal permanent residence in the United States. He was held guilty on all four counts on 18 October. On 19 April 2018 he received a prison sentence of 30 years, the maximum he could have received and one of the longest sentences for immigration fraud in U.S. history.

Jabbateh provided false information to U.S. immigration authorities and procured asylum in the United States by fraud and willful misrepresentation of material fact by failing to disclose his role as a high-ranking rebel commander during the Liberian civil war or his criminal actions while in that position. According to the indictment, Jabbateh repeated similar false statements about his Liberian wartime activities in his application for legal permanent residence and falsely denied that he had secured asylum fraudulently, in violation of U.S. law.

Throughout Liberia's first civil war (1989-1996), Mohammed Jabbateh was a commander or higher ranking officer in the rebel group The United Liberation Movement for Democracy in Liberia (ULIMO) and later in the ULIMO-K when the ULIMO split into two factions.

Jabbateh was accused of either personally committing or ordering his troops to commit numerous mass atrocity crimes during his time as a higher ranking officer, including, but not limited to: 1) the murder of civilian noncombatants; 2) the sexual enslavement of women; 3) the public raping of women; 4) the maiming of civilian noncombatants; 5) the torturing of civilian noncombatants 6) the enslavement of civilian noncombatants; 7) the conscription of child soldiers; 8) the execution of prisoners of war; and 9) the desecration and mutilation of corpses; and 10) the killing of any person because of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin or political opinion. Jabbateh, like many other alleged Liberian war criminals, has never been held accountable for his wartime actions in any national or international court.

Below, Civitas Maxima posted daily summaries of the hearings.

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Mohammed “Jungle Jabbah” Jabbateh was sentenced today to 30 years’ imprisonment—the statutory maximum—for providing false information to U.S.

On October 18, 2017, Liberian-national Mohammed “Jungle Jabbah” Jabbateh was convicted of four counts of fraud in immigration docume

Mohammed "Jungle Jabbah" Jabbateh Found Guilty on All Counts

The Jungle Jabbah trial wrapped up on Tuesday.  The jury heard summations and began their deliberations.

Government’s Summation

​​​​​​​The third week of the Jungle Jabbah trial began Monday morning with the government's last witness.

The Jungle Jabbah trial continued through its second week, with 13 additional witnesses testifying.

The second week of the trial concluded Thursday afternoon with three more government witnesses.

Witness 15 (continued)

The government’s fifteenth witness continued his direct testimony from yesterday. 

The second week of the “Jungle Jabbah” trial began Tuesday morning with the continuation of the cross-examination of witness nine, Pepper and Salt's brother.


Witness 9

The first week of the Jungle Jabbah trial wrapped on Thursday, with both sides offering insights throughout the week as to the allegations and defenses that will ultimately be at issue. 

The first week of the "Jungle Jabbah" trial concluded with testimony by four more of the government's witnesses on Thursday.


Witness 5

Trial has officially begun in the federal case against longtime Pennsylvania resident Mohammed Jabbateh in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).