Sierra-Leone Diamonds

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I am Maj. Timothy Banya, the commander and head of the Secret Unit in charge of Diamond dealing for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra-Leone. I was working directly with the former Rebel Leader Foday Sankoh who is languishing in government custody. They want to prosecute him for illegal diamond dealing and the killings of 21 people during a public demonstration outside his home in May this year, which I would be prosecuted alongside. The RUF is now headed by Gen. Issa Sessey who is determined in bringing peace to Sierra Leone, he signed cease- fire agreement with the government on Friday 10th Nov., 2000 and instructed us that peace must returned to our fatherland after nine-years conflict, pledging to allow U.N. troops unhindered access throughout the Sierra-Leone. My fear is that the
government will try most of us and all our assets would be confiscated why all traceable accounts to our name and families would also be frozen. In view of this development, I am trapped with large quantity of diamond and about US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) that is in cash with my Wife who dose not have the know- how to launder this money without any trace to our name and how to dispose these unpolished diamonds accordingly. My situation is very desperate, as I cannot desert my profession at this point in my life with all that I have acquired. If you can assist me to legitimize these funds by paying into your designated account, I am ready to concede some percentage for your logistic and material involvement.

Contact me for more details. Yours faithfully, Maj. Timothy Banya 

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