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EU raises red flag over fake Kimberley certificate

November 10, 2016 By Mohamed Massaquoi

The European Union (EU) has issued a warning about the production of fake Kimberley Process (KP) diamond certificates from Sierra Leone and Central African Republic (CAR), after it identified four fake certificates – – three from Sierra Leone, with registration numbers: SL 4649, 4658, 4648 respectively.

It was reported that two of the certificates were identified in Belgium, one in Germany and the fourth in CAR, for a parcel containing 2,266.59 carats of diamonds.

“This isn’t the first time that fake KP certificates originate in Sierra Leone. In April and August, 2016, two fake certificates from the African country were discovered in Hong Kong and the US,” the statement said.

When contacted to react to the development, Director of Mines, Peter Kapr Bangura, denied the certificates were issued by his ministry.

“We are not issuing out fake certificates because all of our customers have confidence in us. The only problem is that some fake business people are manipulating our certificate. We have reported to the Criminal Investigation Department and Special Fraud Unit to crackdown on these criminals” he said, adding that the issue was giving the country “a very bad name.”

He said they have received complaints from investors who have been duped by fraudsters, adding that the government needed to embark on massive sensitisation to raise awareness about the issue.

Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Abdul Ignosis  Koroma, blamed fraudsters, whom he claimed forge the signature of officials to carry out the dubious act.

He added that his ministry had established a website which contains information on mining activities and processes in the country.

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