Pennsylvania man accused of torture and exporting guns to Iraq


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The Justice Department arrested a Pennsylvania man on Thursday on charges of torture of what he allegedly committed in 2015 while working in Iraq. These new counts have been added to the 2018 indictment alleging that he illegally exported gun parts and tools from the United States to Iraq as part of a weapons project in Kurdistan, said Assistant Secretary of Justice Kenneth. A. Polite, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Justice, said in a statement on Friday.

Defendant Ross Roggio, 53, owns a construction consulting firm, Roggio Consulting Company, LLC in Stroudsburg.

According to the complaint, the Loggio company entered into a deal with Kurdish authorities to control the construction of a weapons factory to produce weapons for Kurdish soldiers in the Kurdish region of Iraq. As part of this arrangement, Kurdish soldiers have been made available to Roggio.

Employees are concerned about the weapons project, by revealing its presence to individuals outside Kurdistan and revealing to Kurdish authorities that Loggio is incapable of producing weapons and is diverting instead. Roggio used their money for his personal use to prevent employees from interfering with the project by armed Kurdish soldiers with bags on his head in the Kurdistan region. I was kidnapped from his house. According to the indictment, the employee was held in a military facility for 39 days and tortured during multiple cross-examination sessions led by Roggio.

During the cross-examination, Loggio instructed Kurdish soldiers to suffocate employees with bags. Taser him in the groin and other areas of his body. I hit him with a fist and a rubber hose. He jumps violently on his chest while wearing military boots. He threatens to cut one of his fingers while applying pressure to his finger with a large cutting tool. The indictment also alleges that during a session, Roggio lost his consciousness by wrapping a belt around the employee’s neck, pulling it off the ground, and hanging it in the air.

The indictment stated that under Roggio’s instructions, some of his other employees were forced to see some of the torture, with the intention of causing severe pain to the victims. This is allegedly done to intimidate and intimidate other employees by showing them what would happen if they tried to interfere with the weapons project.

A grand jury investigating the case claimed that the torture lasted from around October 14, 2015 to November 21, 2015, saying that Strawsburg’s Roggio Consulting Company “exported defense services and goods without a license.” He continues to blame him for violating the Arms Export Control Act. .. The indictment indicates that it is unlikely that a license will be granted under current US law.

According to the indictment, between 2013 and 2017, Roggio and two unidentified conspirators aim to send gun parts to Iraq, which will be used to manufacture finished guns at a manufacturing facility built by Roggio. So I bought a gun part in the US and tried to buy it. And operation.

Roggio is the second US citizen charged with violating the 1994 torture law.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for each torture charge and a maximum statutory sentence of 705 for the remaining 37 sentences. Judges in the federal district court make decisions in light of US decision guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI and Homeland Security investigations investigated allegations of torture and participated in the investigation of arms export violations by the Ministry of Commerce, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Office of Export Enforcement.

Beth Brelje

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Beth Brelje is a research journalist who reports on the most interesting and sometimes hidden news in Pennsylvania’s politics, courts, and federals. Send her an idea for your story: [email protected]

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