PAS­TOR DIS­COV­ERS 706-CARAT DI­A­MOND

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freetown, sierra leone» A pas­tor has dis­cov­ered the largest un­cut di­a­mond found in more than four decades in this West African coun­try and has turned it over to the gov­ern­ment, say­ing he hopes it helps to boost re­cent de­vel­op­ment in his im­pov­er­ished na­tion.

Pas­tor Em­manuel Mo­moh found the 706-carat al­lu­vial di­a­mond in Yakadu vil­lage in Sierra Leone’s di­a­mond-rich east, and it was pre­sented to Pres­i­dent Ernest Bai Koroma on Wed­nes­day, said pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ab­du­lai Bayray­tay.

The gem, a bit smaller than a hockey puck, is the sec­ond-largest di­a­mond found in Sierra Leone. In 1972, the 968.9-carat Star of Sierra Leone was found by min­ers and sold for about $2.5 mil­lion.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the pas­tor came across the di­a­mond. The As­so­ci­ated Press

Pres­i­dent Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone holds a di­a­mond dur­ing a meet­ing with del­e­gates of Kono district, where the gem was found. SLBC

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