The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

This is a complicated question, because many diamonds have been smuggled through Liberia for many years and so sorting out which diamonds were Liberian and which diamonds might have been from Sierra Leone or some other place has always been historically difficult from the 1950s on, but mining companies have worked in - international mining companies have worked in Liberia and I think it worked on the assumption that the prospects were better than they were and most have not stayed. De Beers for a time was there. There have been other companies. Generally speaking, Liberia has a reputation for low quality diamonds. They have all been - I should not say all, but mainly artisanally produced. The average run of mine value of Liberian diamonds is between 25 and 30 dollars a carat; historically significantly lower than Sierra Leone.

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