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South Sudanese National Charged with Resisting Federal Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Charles Samuel Ali, 31, was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with one count of resisting and assaulting a federal officer.

According to the indictment, on Feb. 16, 2011, an Immigration Judge in New York ordered Ali removed from the United States to be returned to the Republic of South Sudan.  On Sept. 11, 2017, Deportation Officers arrived at the facility where Ali was being held to transport Ali to Logan International Airport and then accompany him to the Republic of South Sudan.  During the process, Ali became disruptive, questioning the removal documents authenticity and would not cooperate with the officers’ efforts.  As the officers attempted to escort Ali to the airport, he assaulted the officers resulting in one of the officers sustaining a broken ankle. The officers then decided to abort the removal, and Ali was returned to custody.

Ali faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and will be subject to deportation upon completion of any sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated October 27, 2017