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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013

Sierra Leone

Koroma helps warlord escape trial

The President's secret deportation of an ex-warlord and ally of Charles Taylor blatantly snubs the United States government and human rights campaigners

Ibrahim Bah, the warlord and arms dealer who was living in Freetown in breach of United Nations sanctions (AC Vol 54 No 10, Impunity in Freetown), has gone into hiding after the Sierra Leone government secretly deported him to Senegal on 27 July. Bah, a close ally of convicted mass murderer Charles Taylor, faces charges of major human rights abuses in connection with the civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. This latest subterfuge by President Ernest Bai Koroma's government raises the key question of why it has appeared so determined to protect Bah.

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