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Sierra Leone's anti-corruption chief resigns

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The head of Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission, Abdul Tejan-Cole, has resigned.

His reasons for doing so have not been made public. He had been in the post since December 2007.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in Freetown says Mr Tejan-Cole had been very active in his fight against corruption.

A minister has already been sacked and the former minister of fisheries and marine resources is currently on trial for financial impropriety.

Before his appointed, Mr Tejan-Cole was a prominent human rights lawyer with a reputation for strict probity.

Our correspondent says corruption is seen as one of the reasons for the outbreak of civil war in the country in the 1990s.

It is also seen as the reason the country has been almost consistently at the bottom of the UN's human development index, despite its huge mineral resources, he says.



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