Could I just explain the background to this. We've just heard that there was an attack - in a situation where everybody knew that Liberia was very volatile, that President Doe had little support, there was great deal of incipient violence, that there were even different groups actively preparing an armed rising, there was an attack on 24 December. In the way that counsel for the defendant has described, the President of Liberia, Samuel Doe, sent a series of forces to put down the rising with considerable brutality.
As a result of the attack on 24 December which was then claimed by this organisation called the NPFL the insurgents started spreading weapons, notably in Nimba County, to the civilian population. You therefore within a very short space of time, within weeks - when we talk of the NPFL please allow me to be as clear as I can as to what I mean at this stage in the early months of 1990 by the NPFL. What I mean is there was a small number of trained insurgents, trained in Burkina Faso and Libya, some of them former members of the Liberian army and therefore professional army officers who - there was a small corps of such people, most of who became known in NPFL mythology as the Special Forces.
Then there were thousands, literally thousands, of armed civilians, some of them very young, who roughly claimed to be allegiants to the NPFL because they were anti the government and they were being given weapons and there was very little control over them.
Moreover, in terms of leadership there was no recognised single leader of the NPFL. I remember well Mr Taylor going onto the BBC World Service or the BBC Africa Service radio and speaking, I heard it myself. So we had a name and that was, to be honest, the first time I'd ever heard of Mr Taylor. And I think the same was true even for some Liberians, even though he had been a senior civil servant actually with, I believe, cabinet rank in the military junta of the early 1980s.
There were other people within the NPFL who were claiming to be the leaders, there was no acknowledged leader, and during the middle months of 1990 there were clearly disputes between rivals claiming to be leader of the NPFL and many of those rival leaders disappeared, presumably killed at the behest of Charles Taylor in the middle months of 1990. The most important of those people was a man called Jackson F Doe.