Update on Ibrahim Bah, Charles Taylor’s gun and diamond runner

As reported here last week, Ibrahim Bah, the man who for years managed the transit of weapons from Liberia into Sierra Leone in exchange for blood diamonds, has been arrested in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean authorities, according the the Freetown newspaper Awoko, have now confirmed he is in their custody.

On Monday, U.S. Republican Congressman Frank Wolf wrote Secretary of State John Kerry to urge that America press Sierra Leone to open a criminal investigation into Bah’s alleged crimes.

“Such a course of action would be significant for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that most of Africa’s worst crimes are usually not adjudicated by and within the country they occurred, especially when the criminal activity involves non residents,” he wrote in the letter, which has been obtained by Maclean’s.