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ACC to recover stolen assets held in UK

Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of United Kingdom at the ACC Conference Room to intensify the fight against corruption in order to recover stolen assets from Sierra Leone kept in the United Kingdom.
Building on the Department for International Development (DFID’s) support for the ACC, the agreement will provide support to building the capacity of the Sierra Leone ACC to undertake preventative programmes and carry out investigations to detect, freeze and recover assets stolen from Sierra Leone which are held in the UK; to improve cooperation on corruption investigations which have a UK dimension; and where relevant and possible, HMG will assist the ACC in facilitating contacts with third world countries where these are required in such investigations.
The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework for ongoing dialogue between ACC and UK on matters of common interest in Sierra Leone. The MOU underscores shared commitment to good governance and transparency and recognizes the need to reinforce joint collaboration aimed at reducing poverty in Sierra Leone.
The British High Commissioner, Mr. Ian Hughes, said “this agreement will put at Sierra Leone’s disposal international expertise and anti-corruption networks in the UK and the wider EU. This will extend the ACC’s reach beyond Sierra Leone’s shores and make it much harder for the corrupt to hide their ill-gotten gains”, supported by the ACC’s Commissioner, Mr. Joseph F Kamara who concluded “that the Agreement will further cement the growing relationship between the UK Government and the ACC in the campaign against corruption, and usher in a new dawn of rigorous pursuit of the proceeds of corrupt acts at the international level”

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