A Bronx cab driver was deported to Ghana regardless of an ongoing criminal investigation into his claim that he was raped and beaten by officers at the Essex County Correctional Facility. Faruk Karimu was arrested and taken to Essex during a check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers this summer. Ten days later, he says he was taken to solitary confinement where two officers assaulted and raped him. After another two days, he was taken to a hospital and examined by medical staff, who found he had anal bleeding from the assault.
Karimu reported the incidentto the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, which had recently cited the Essex County facility for unsafe conditions. In late July, two months after the alleged attack, Karimu retained attorneys who then obtained his medical records. The day they got his records, he was woken up and taken to the Newark, New Jersey airport, flown to Louisiana and Texas detention facilities and finally dropped off in Ghana on Wednesday.
Karimu was deported due to a 2010 federal drug conviction, an ICE spokesperson said . He was allowed to stay in the U.S. after he left prison, but that was revoked in May when he was detained. “We got involved and they just literally disappeared him,” said Sarah Gillman of Rapid Defense Network. “It is rather curious that he was detained May 17 and for nearly three months nothing occurred, and then when we got involved, everything occurred.” WNYC
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New Jersey and Other States Sue Over Public Charge
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Immigration Bond Company Sued Again
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