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Sierra Leone Police Arrest 48 over Plot

Sierra Leonean police said on Tuesday they had arrested 48 people in connection with what they called a “conspiracy to destabilise” the West African country as it recovers from a brutal civil war. But still eluding them are former junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma, who evaded arrest on Saturday, and eight others. Sierra Leone’s deputy police chief, Brima Kamara, told a news conference the arrests followed the January 13 attack on the Wellington barracks in Freetown, the most serious incident in the capital since the war was declared ended one year ago. Kamara said those arrested for a “conspiracy to destabilise security” included serving and former soldiers, as well as former rebels and a politician. Kamara called on the former army ruler to turn himself in. Koroma, who has protested his innocence, ruled during one of the bloodiest periods of Sierra Leone’s decade-long war. He took power from President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah in a 1997 coup but was driven out by a West African force early in 1998. Full Story

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