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Sierra Leone abuse claimants lose UK court case

London: Sierra Leoneans seeking damages from a mining company they accused of complicity in a police crackdown voiced disappointment on Friday after losing a landmark legal case in a British court.
“Our clients are obviously very disappointed by the judgment,” law firm Leigh Day said in a statement. “The legal team is now reviewing the judge’s findings and will be advising the clients in early January as to the prospects of appealing the judge’s findings,” it said.
The case, brought by 142 claimants seeking damages from Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd, alleged company complicity in crimes in the West African country including the killing of a protester, rape, assault and false imprisonment.
British courts agreed to hear the lawsuit because the iron ore producer was previously a subsidiary of African Minerals Ltd (AML), which was headquartered in London before it went into administration in 2015. (AFP)

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