One of the world’s largest uncut diamonds, weighing 706 carats, was handed to the president of Sierra Leone on Wednesday (March 15) in Freetown and filmed by State House.
The diamond was found by a Christian pastor in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kono region and is now being stored in the country’s central bank, government sources said.
A local chief from Kono handed the stone to President Ernest Bai Koroma on behalf of Emmanuel Momoh who made the discovery. The government plans to auction it.
The presidency said in a statement on Thursday (March 16) that Koroma thanked the chief, who acted as an intermediary, for not smuggling it out of the country.