Sierra Leone signs graft agreement with UK
Sierra Leone's anti-graft unit has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom to co-operate on corruption investigations, a statement said Friday.
British High Commissioner Ian Hodges, who signed on behalf of his government, said "the agreement will put at Sierra Leone's disposal international expertise and anti-corruption networks both in the UK and the European Union."
Under the memorandum of understanding Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) would have its capacity boosted to undertake preventive programmes and carry out investigations, the statement said.
It will also "detect, freeze and recover assets stolen from Sierra Leone which are held in the UK and improve cooperation on corruption investigations which have a UK dimension among others."
ACC official Desmond Johnson told AFP, "in the past we've known that some illegally acquired assets have been stashed in international banks and one of the things we are determined to undertake is to recover all assets stolen from Sierra Leone."
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