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Vol 42 No 13

Published 29th June 2001

Sierra Leone

Minimal contracts

Ukrainian businessman Leonid Minin, named by Africa Confidential and the United Nations sanctions committee as a leading arms supplier to the Revolutionary United Front, was rearrested by Italian police in the early hours of 21 June in the company of two prostitutes and 200 grammes of cocaine. Magistrate Walter Mapelli has charged Minin with supplying weapons to the RUF through Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Liberia. Next, we hear, may come the arrest of a Belgian-based arms dealer and the grounding of aircraft used to ship arms into Liberia and rebel-held areas of Sierra Leone.

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