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U.S.-Belgian arrested in Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' case

Spanish authorities have arrested a businessman with dual American-Belgian citizenship who has been accused of enslavement and pillaging "blood diamonds" during Sierra Leone's civil war, a legal aid group said. Michael Desaedeleer was arrested in Spain last week based on a complaint filed in 2011 in Belgium, said Civitas Maxima, a Geneva-based organization that provides legal representation for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The complaint from several Sierra Leone citizens details Desaedeleer's alleged crimes in the West African nation's eastern Kono district between 1999 and 2001, the group said in a statement late Saturday. He is the first...

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