From SAS to Blood Diamond Wars

By Hamish Ross

Even through SAS criteria this is often the tale of a very good warrior.

On the purpose of being demobbed from the SAS, Fred Marafono was once recruited by way of David Stirling for his deepest safeguard corporation. After Stirling’s demise, Fred came upon himself in the course of Sierra Leone’s Blood Diamond wars, and shaped an unbreakable bonding with the country’s champion of democracy, leader Hinga Norman, whose management and tragic dying are crucial to the story.

Fred used to be recruited through Simon Mann for the best of all deepest army businesses in Africa, govt results. Fewer than 2 hundred of them defeated the rebels of their strongholds. via political weak point, govt results have been made to depart the rustic, and chaos ensued. devoted males like Hinga Norman and British excessive Commissioner Peter Penfold observed that during the absence of army dedication from the west, in basic terms excessive quality mercenaries could win the struggle to revive democracy: 3 of them stored an important air bridge open - ‘What God deserted, those defended’. Fred’s ultimate motion was once assisting the SAS of their remarkable hostage unlock, ‘Operation Barras.’

Peter Penfold sums all of it up within the book’s foreword, writing of the, ‘confidence, belief and admiration i've got for this striking man.’

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By Hamish Ross

Even through SAS criteria this is often the tale of a very good warrior.

On the purpose of being demobbed from the SAS, Fred Marafono was once recruited by way of David Stirling for his deepest safeguard corporation. After Stirling’s demise, Fred came upon himself in the course of Sierra Leone’s Blood Diamond wars, and shaped an unbreakable bonding with the country’s champion of democracy, leader Hinga Norman, whose management and tragic dying are crucial to the story.

Fred used to be recruited through Simon Mann for the best of all deepest army businesses in Africa, govt results. Fewer than 2 hundred of them defeated the rebels of their strongholds. via political weak point, govt results have been made to depart the rustic, and chaos ensued. devoted males like Hinga Norman and British excessive Commissioner Peter Penfold observed that during the absence of army dedication from the west, in basic terms excessive quality mercenaries could win the struggle to revive democracy: 3 of them stored an important air bridge open - ‘What God deserted, those defended’. Fred’s ultimate motion was once assisting the SAS of their remarkable hostage unlock, ‘Operation Barras.’

Peter Penfold sums all of it up within the book’s foreword, writing of the, ‘confidence, belief and admiration i've got for this striking man.’

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Fred’s bout of malaria went via its levels, aided through the oral drugs he was once taking. whilst he felt he had recovered, he contacted Tim Spicer, who appeared to already learn about Hinga Norman’s total method. Tim Spicer’s reaction to Fred was once quick and particular. He agreed to hire him, yet he was once to paintings with Hinga Norman, yet now not for him: he was once to paintings for Tim Spicer, and report back to him what Hinga Norman deliberate to do sooner than he did it, for Tim didn't wish surprises. Fred authorised the phrases as Tim laid them out.

Sierra Leone information, 30 January 1997, http://www. sierra-leone. org/Archives/sinews0197. html. nine. Sierra Leone information, three February, http://www. sierra-leone. org/Archives/sinews0297. html. 10. Ibid, three February 1997. eleven. Ibid, 14 February 1997. 12. Sierra Leone information, 7 March, http://www. sierra-leone. org/Archives/sinews0397. html. thirteen. Ibid, 6 March 1997. 14. Ibid, 25 March 1997. 15. Churchill data Centre, Penfold Papers, pp. 40–41. sixteen. fact and Reconciliation fee, vol. 3a, chpt. three, para 673. 17. Churchill data Centre, Penfold Papers, p.

Seventy one. 36. Hansard, 27 July 1998, vol. , 317, cc. 19–35. 37. Peter Penfold interview. 38. Ibid. bankruptcy eight 1. Johann (Juba) Joubert interview. 2. Tijjani Easterbrook correspondence. three. Johann (Juba) Joubert interview. four. Command Sergeant significant (retired) US detailed Forces. five. Ibid. 6. Sendaba Meri’s assertion to Board of Inquiry, Fred Marafono papers. 7. army contractor’s assertion to Board of Inquiry, Fred Marafono papers. eight. Tijjani Easterbrook correspondence. nine. Ibid. 10. Johann (Juba) Joubert interview. eleven. Ibid. 12. Sierra Leone information, 19 December 1998, http://www.

839. 35. Statute of the detailed courtroom for Sierra Leone. 36. Norman kinfolk papers. 37. Ibid. 38. Roelf van Heerdon interview. 39. Ibid. forty. Fred Marafono papers. forty-one. Ibid. forty two. Florence Norman interview. forty three. Sam Norman Jr interview. forty four. Norman relations papers. forty five. P. Penfold, ‘The Tangled net of Sierra Leone’s unique courtroom. ’ forty six. Norman kin papers. forty seven. Ibid. forty eight. Ibid. forty nine. Fred Marafono papers. 50. Norman relatives papers. fifty one. Newswave, p. 24. fifty two. Fred Marafono papers. fifty three. Ibid. fifty four. Ibid. fifty five. Norman kin papers. fifty six. Ibid. fifty seven. P. Penfold, ‘The Tangled internet of Sierra Leone’s exact Court’.

The omens seemed promising as Fred booked his flight to the united kingdom for a holiday. A fourth New Year’s day in felony begun for Hinga Norman, and weeks later he was once trained that he will be transported to a different kingdom for scientific therapy. He had a new computer, and he instantly started creating a list of occasions. On sixteen January at 9pm, ‘I used to be proficient of my commute to somewhere else for clinical remedy. ’ And the next morning, 17 January, he all started charting the series of occasions in numerical order, below the heading, ‘the technique for the therapy of my hip alternative started’, starting at five.

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