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Sierra Leone: Arrest warrant could be issued for ex-leader

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Sierra Leone anti-corruption commission has said it is considering issuing an arrest warrant against the country’s former president, Ernest Bai Koroma.

Koroma failed to comply with summons from the commission which is investigating him for corruption under his regime.

The commission wants to quiz Mr Koroma following an inquiry which concluded that corruption during his presidency brought the country to the brink of economic collapse.

But his lawyers said it hadn’t been safe for him to travel from his home in the north to the capital Freetown.

Mr Koroma and several officials that served in his government have been barred from leaving the country.

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Koroma’s party has already dismissed the corruption allegations.

The government has now ordered Mr. Koroma and more than 100 people indicted to pay back stolen money, forfeit their houses, or face further investigations.

The commission identified 111 individuals including businessmen and politicians for carrying act corrupt acts.

Sierra Leone witnessed a brutal, diamond-fuelled civil war in the 1990s and the new president has been on a mission to fix the West African country’s economy, still recovering from the war and recent Ebola epidemic.

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