Thursday, February 15, 2007

UK Deputy Premier in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, February 14 -- British deputy Prime Minister John Prescott arrived here Tuesday on a two-day official visit to Sierra Leone, for activities commemorating the abolition of slave trade.

Sierra Leone and Ghana in West Africa, played key roles in the abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade with Natural harbours that complimented Lord Justice Mansfield`s decision in 1772 that slavery "does not exist in England."

According to that decision: "Any slave that set foot in England was free."

Prescott, who is accompanied by two other House of Commons MPs, visited Sierra Leone in 2003, as MP for Kingston Upon Hull, which twined with Freetown.

He will travel to Ghana from Freetown Wednesday. - angop