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Idrissa Diallo Arrested For Tobacco ID Theft But Has Refugee Status As US Cites Guinea Visit

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 26 – Idrissa Diallo was been arrested and presented in New York on charges of identity theft in connection with tobacco sales - but he says he is a refugee and was bailed out on the basis on November 26 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger.

    Assistant US Attorney Rushmi Bhaskaran could not or would not confirm that Diallo has asylum; she said that he is a risk of flight because his wife and two children live in Paris and he visited Guinea in April 2019.   

Given how little was said in open court on November 26, when Inner City Press was again the only media in the SDNY Magistrates Court, it was hard to understand how Diallo could have asylum from Guinea while also visiting there. Is another country involved?

    Judge Lehrburger ruled that Diallo could be released on a $50,000 bond signed by three financial responsible people, with electronic monitoring. His underlying case is in the Northern District of Georgia, where is is 19-cr-444. In the SDNY, this case is US v. Diallo, 19-mj-11165 (Lehrburger).


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