Liberia's questioned commitment to the diamond industry’s efforts to prevent blood gems trade has driven the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to threaten with cutting the program, but authorities says it insufficient funds and not lack of will what is stopping the country.
Sierre Leone Mining News
Charles Taylor, was convicted in April of war crimes for arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for blood diamonds. Taylor is now awaiting sentencing and the BBC tries to find out if mining in the country is now “clean”.
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Historic verdict: Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and fuelling conflict with blood diamonds
Liberian ex-president, Charles Taylor, was convicted today of war crimes for arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for blood diamonds during the 1991-2002 civil war by a United Nations-backed court.