Konate, 51, was indicted in May and faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on February 19, the US Justice Department said.

Known in Guinea as 'El Tigre' for his ferocity in battle, Konate served as interim president of the West African country  in 2010. From December 2010, Konate served as general commander of the security forces of the 54-country African Union, court documents said.
               
Prosecutors said that in June 2013, Konate flew into Washington Dulles International Airport from Ethiopia and proceeded through customs illegally carrying USD 64,770 in US currency.
               
Konate did not declare the cash, much of which was hidden in his luggage, and instead claimed to be carrying USD 10,000 or less, prosecutors said.
               
Konate pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to charges that he engaged in bulk cash smuggling and made false statements.

 

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