The witness testified - he was asked on line 21:
"Q. What happened after your group was introduced by
Johnny Paul to President Taylor?
A. Well, President Taylor said, 'Gentlemen, you are
welcome to Liberia. This issue which is on the floor now,
I am happy that you have come and we should solve this
issue once and for all.' He said, 'I have been giving
assistance to the movement. I have mobilised most of the
SLAs who came to Liberia. I mobilised them and sent them
to reinforce you there.'"
Then if we go to page 8509, the witness said, at the bottom six or seven lines, thank you, line 24, the witness was asked:
"Q. You said that President Taylor told the group that he
provided assistance in the form of food, arms and
A. Yes, my Lord. That was not hidden. He did not hide
that from us. He said, 'I have been giving assistance.'
And even the SLAs who came from Guinea and surrendered, who
came to Liberia, he said, 'I gave them safe passage. They
came in and I reorganised them and sent them to Kailahun so
that they will go and join you to continue the fight.'
Q. Did he say where these SLAs would go to join you?
A. Yes, my Lord. He said they were to pass through. He
said he had sent them to General Mosquito so that they also
- they will also join the troops that were coming to
Now, Mr Sesay, this witness's testimony was also put to Mr Taylor on 30 September 2009, page 30027, the last four lines. Well, perhaps to make things in context, I will begin reading from some of what was put to Mr Taylor. So beginning on line 16, Defence counsel read from the answers of this witness, where the witness said:
"Yes. He said to make sure that the SLPP government headed by Tejan Kabbah should be - to make sure it was overthrown, that it should be out of power. And I can also recall he said, in fact, the visit that we paid, that there was small pressure - some pressure - because in that area Mosquito Spray's squad was there and that he had even ordered General Mosquito to move and come to the Voinjama area to repel that squad that had come from Guinea, because we were in Liberia, in Monrovia, when Mosquito Spray's squad attacked that area."
Then the Defence counsel asked Mr Taylor:
"Q. Pause. Now, we have already dealt with you sending -
reorganising, rearming and sending this group of former
SLAs back to Sierra Leone, Mr Taylor, I'm not going to task
on you, but you see an added detail here, don't you?
Q. Now, in August 1999, whilst this Okra Hills delegation
was in Monrovia, was there not an incursion in that same
month from Guinea?
A. Yes, that's in Voinjama?
Q. So that part - and was that by Mosquito Spray?
Q. Who was it by?
A. I don't know the - I am not sure they gave me a name.
Mosquito Spray in '98 in Foya, so the Foya axis, when they
first come in. But 1999 they don't give a name. We begin
later on to hear about LURD, but they don't give a name.
So they are two different years."
Mr Sesay, Mosquito Spray was in August 1999; isn't that true?