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Sierra Leone: Govt Challenges 'Illegal Logging Documentary'

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra LeonePresident Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone (Photo: uselectionatlas.org)
December 22, 2011

The government of Sierra Leone has insisted that the ban on timber export is still effective in the country.

It is in reaction to reports of illegal and destructive logging operations in exchange for bribes by top ranking government officials.

A recent report aired by Al Jazeera English, "Africa Investigates - Sierra Leone: Timber!," showed footage of individuals claiming to act on behalf of Sierra Leonean Vice
President Samuel Sam-Sumana soliciting bribes in exchange for permission to conduct illegal and destructive logging operations.

Meanwhile, eighteen members of the U.S. Congress have urged the government of Sierra Leone to insist on a full investigation that officials offered permission to log and export timber, despite the government ban.

WADR’s Ayanava Zananidu has joined on the phone line to Freetown Sierra Leone Information Minster, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo for reaction to these accusations.

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