Well, I must say that I will be able to explain to a great extent how I got out. There are some of the details I don't know, but I will explain to the judges. While in prison this whole episode is being developed - by episode, I mean the planning and training are going on in Sierra Leone. Harry Nyuan comes to me and he informs me of the details. I then ask him to state to General Quiwonkpa to ask the United States government to release me. Why? Because of the contact that I am told that General Quiwonkpa has with the government. Well, since there is this diplomatic stalemate, if you have sufficient contacts at the level that Quiwonkpa was dealing with, he could have said to them, "Look, release Mr Taylor" because it is apparent that they would not have sent me anyway.
I am in jail. About two to three days - I don't know the date of the actual attack on Monrovia. I do not know. But I am released from jail about two to three days before the attack. As I arrive in New York City the attack is already gone.
About three to four weeks before, one of the prison guards in a supervisory position came and told me that I will be leaving the prison and he wanted to find out that if I was let out of the prison if I could actually get out of the United States as quickly as possible because upon leaving I would have to leave the United States. I said to him, I said, "Well, it will be a little problem, but I will get to my wife and ask her to, you know, raise a certain amount of money that would be made available to me if and when I got out".
Now, that was a little sticky because my wife and I are not living together. I have now moved to Boston where I am arrested. I am with this girlfriend Agnes who later becomes my wife, but my wife Tupee and I had bought a piece of land in New Hampshire, so I had to authorise her to sell the land to raise some money that when I got out of jail I would be able to do something.
The Plymouth County House of Correction is both a minimum and a maximum security facility. The minimum security facility of that jail, you have people who were about to get out, they go and work in the fields, come in, go out. It is virtually for people that, you know, have no good reason to get out of jail because in that facility you are there. Within the building you have to walk from maximum security through so many gates to get into minimum and the minimum side of the jail is really minimum. Low walls, people walk out and do what they have to do.
On the date that I reported back to them, to the guard, and told them that I had arranged with my wife and after she showed me that she had sold the land and had some money, we had to really give the land at a rock bottom price, I told him that we had some money, he verified my passport, he verified that I could get out. I can remember one evening at about 10 he came, opened my cell, it was during lock down time, and escorted me from the maximum security side through several gates to the minimum security side where there were two other detainees there standing - they were already out. They had already - I don't know who cut it, but I think the guards had made these arrangements. Those two guys and myself with the guard, this one guard, and I do not know and will not lie if he was operating with anybody else, but I believe that he had to be operating with somebody else. I was taken out, we got to the window, these guys took a sheet, we tied it on the bar, not very short distance, and we came down, got over the fence.
There was a waiting car outside. There were two guys in the car. These other two guys and myself got in the car and drove and their instruction - the guys who were driving the car's instructions were to get me as far as New York where I had told them I wanted to go.
They drove me from Boston. We stopped in Providence, Rhode Island. My wife came, brought the money, she was in a second car and the two cars drove. The two guys that were driving the car insisted that I not drive with her. I should stay in their car just in case we were stopped by state troopers. I followed those instructions.
I do not know those guys. They never identified themselves to me. I had never known them before. They drove us all the way to New York. I got out of the car and I showed them that it would be okay and then I met a sister of mine, a half sister of mine, and I stayed at her apartment. Those guys plus the two guys that broke out of the jail with me, I have not seen or heard from them to date.
Now, what do I mean by I do not know the full story? It is my assumption, and I want to be very clear about this, because I did not pay any money, I did not know the guys that picked me up, I stayed in New York for about - as I am in New York the coup is going on in Liberia. I cannot get a flight out of New York on time. I was not hiding. All this nonsense about being searched, I was not hiding. I did not get a flight out. I was still in New York when General Quiwonkpa was captured. I stayed in New York for about two or three weeks.
It was decided by my sister that since things had gotten out of shape, by this time every news agency is reporting that Charles Taylor has escaped from jail. I drive on interstate 95, not hiding, from New York after about two weeks to Washington DC. I spent a couple of days in Washington DC visiting a friend of mine, the later Eric Scott. From there I drive all the way to Atlanta, Georgia, board a plane, fly to Texas, spend time there with some family friends down there for about another month and then go on to Mexico and fly to West Africa.