Britain funds Sierra Leone justice programme

27th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's international development agency has committed $30 million (21 million euros) to boost access to security and justice in Sierra Leone, national television reported Monday.

Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) and Sierra Leone's government signed an agreement over the weekend for the programme, which will run from 2011 to 2014.

The head of DFID Sierra Leone, Dominic Oniel, told public television: "The UK government is committed to supporting the security and justice sector" in the west african state "as it has done since the end of the civil war in 2002."

Sierra Leone's Justice Minister and Attorney General Franklyn Kargbo said his government was committed to improving access to justice.

"The new DFID programme will further aid the government's intervention in the justice sector," he added.

The country's justice system was left in tatters like most of its institutions after a brutal decade-long civil war which left tens of thousands killed and maimed.

© 2011 AFP

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