Charles Taylor ally found in Sierra Leone

2013-06-19 22:04

Freetown - United Nations experts say a notorious arms supplier and top associate of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been living freely in Sierra Leone's capital city.

A Sierra Leone police official said on Wednesday that a man going by the same name as the suspect, Ibrahim Bah, was detained after the UN experts' allegations were published on 31 May.

But the official, Morie Lengor, said the man was released on bail after denying he was the same man fingered in the report.

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged the government to launch criminal proceedings against Bah, accused of supporting rebel groups involved in killings and amputations during Sierra Leone's 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.

UN experts say Bah also tried to organise mercenaries for Ivory Coast's 2010-11 post-election conflict.