High court hears evidence of Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd’s alleged complicity in killings, beatings and eviction of villagers by armed police in northern town

An iron ore company once listed in London is accused of presiding over a deadly police crackdown in Sierra Leone, where villagers were arrested, beaten and killed.

Evidence to be presented to the high court on Thursday will allege the company’s involvement in the police operation. The multimillion pound case against Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd, formerly a subsidiary of African Minerals Ltd, has been brought by London law firm Leigh Day on behalf of 41 people from Bumbuna, in the north of Sierra Leone.

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