''All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'' - Edmund Burke


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Vol 9 No 5

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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Sierra Leone's Information Minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo tells the BBC that the importation of the military hardware for the police was not a mistake but however added "...we discovered that there was an error here and there - it was not deliberate and we have corrected it."

The type of Chinese-manufactured heavy machine gun imported for the use of the armed wing of the APC, the OSD police

50 - PKM heavy machine guns, 7.62X54mm at nearly $17,000 each for a price of nearly $1 million dollars.

100,000 rounds of ammunition for the heavy machine guns at a price of $180,000.

100 RPK light machine guns, 7.62X39mm at a total price of $345,000

20,000 rounds of light machine gun rounds at over $20,000

The 40mm under barrel grenade launcher imported for use by the armed wing of the APC, the OSD police. Kindly note the two sets of triggers on the gun. One is for firing AK-47 bullets while the other is for discharging grenades of any type suitable for the occasion.

100 - 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers for AK 47 with a range of 300 meters at nearly $100,000.

This is the device, the grenade launcher that will give the handler extra punch power needed to clear obstacles as well as taking out groups of people. Its separate trigger ensures that firing grenades will be a deliberate act of using more fire power.


2,500 - advanced new stock AK 47 assault rifles 7.62X39mm for a price of almost $3 million.

225,000 rounds of 7.62X39mm ammunition for the price of nearly $150,000,

The Norinco-manufactured NP-18 pistol with a 10-shot magazine is expected to be distributed to all APC party functionaries as part of a programme of intimidation and fear-inducing tactics. Pistols from Eastern Europe were distributed to APC members during the Stevens and Momoh era with the Youth Wing of the APC using it to good effect in cowering the opposition and even perceived opponents within the APC.

200 9mm automatic pistols (NP 18 which is the Chinese type of FN Browning manufactured by Norinco Arms Corporation) for the price of $74,000.

50,000 brass case rounds of 9mm pistol ammunition for a price of $17,500.



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