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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013

Sierra Leone

Impunity in Freetown

An arms and gem dealer for the civil war militias lives openly in the capital with apparent government approval and in defiance of UN sanctions

Africa Confidential has discovered the whereabouts of one of the key financiers and middlemen who worked for the Liberian ex-President and convicted war criminal, Charles Taylor, during the Sierra Leonean civil war. Ibrahima Bah, aka General Abraham or Ibrahima Balde, is residing in, travelling from and freely conducting business in Freetown, in spite of being under a United Nations-mandated assets freeze and travel ban since 2003.

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