The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

The organisation. We had a whole system set up that we could buy food and medicine and different things. There was a whole structure put into place that would be a financial structure to deal with the collection and distribution of the money. I want to clarify one thing. I am not eluding here. What Firestone did at that particular time was that, because of United States laws, Firestone, and I want to be very clear about this, did not pay money to the NPFL. I'm going to be very clear about this.

What happened is that we took rubber in return for what and we sold the rubber mostly to la Cote d'Ivoire and then got the money from there. We had a mechanism set up where the rubber would be turned over to us and we would then send the rubber to la Cote d'Ivoire that was buying and exporting rubber and it was being bought by local merchants and we used the money that way. Firestone did not pay to us.

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