And then your counsel goes through this document, this May 12, 1998 statement by James P Rubin and that document later is marked for identification as MFI-235 and that is done at page 28280.
Now, Mr Taylor, if we could turn to the next page, 28274. Your counsel is reading from the document, the document is Rebel Atrocities Against Civilians, and it begins on the last page of 28273:
"The violence being wrecked on the civilian population of Sierra Leone" - we are now at page 28274 - "by the Revolutionary United Front and the deposed military junta. Our ambassador in Freetown and State Department officials have visited survivors and heard stories of entire villages being slaughtered or mutilated by rebel forces."
It indicates that the RUF calls the campaign Operation No Living Thing and it goes on to talk about hundreds of people being treated in hospitals after rebels chopped their arms, legs and ears with machetes, thousands died before they were able to reach medical help, many women and children have been raped. And then it indicates at line 12:
"The United States strongly condemns the rebels' horrific actions and urges rebel leadership to order an immediate end to the senseless slaughter, mutilation and torture of the rural civilian population in Sierra Leone."
Then if we look at line 23:
"Now, first of all, the date, May. At that time, Mr Taylor, were you aware that there was this horrific campaign being waged against the civilian population in Sierra Leone?"
You say at line 26: "May of 1998, yes, there were news reports of that, yes."
Now, if we could move to the next page, please, page 28275. Now, Mr Taylor, if we look at the question that your counsel is posing to you beginning at line 23, and he is asking you what advantage you could gain by terrorising the population of Sierra Leone as that population clearly were being terrorised in May 1998 and asked what you had to gain and you say you had nothing to gain. Now, Mr Taylor, you didn't contest your Defence counsel's statement that the population of Sierra Leone were clearly being terrorised in May 1998, did you, Mr Taylor?