Benoni W. Urey was born on June 22, 1957. Urey is an Americo-Liberian businessman and politician, who was formerly the Liberian Commissioner of Maritime Affairs.
In 2000 Urey was sanctioned by the United Nations for his alleged role in arms procurement (starting in summer of 2002) and also for his alleged ongoing ties with Charles Taylor. Urey breached an earlier UN travel ban in August 2001. His name was added to the US Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals list, prohibiting him from conducting business with US companies, citizens and residents, and blocking all US based assets.
Urey has denied any involvement in the violence of the Liberian and Sierra Leone civil conflicts, maintaining that as a civilian being appointed to head the Maritime Commission, he made no war-related decisions.