Sir, now going to page 17, I would like to start reading from the section that is now at the bottom of the screen:
"The Four Foreign Journalists Episode.
Perhaps the most unnerving situation in the whole scheme of attempts to demonise the Liberian government came with the arrest of four foreign journalists in Monrovia in August 2000 on charges of espionage.
The journalists, Sorious Samura, a Sierra Leonean and producer of the Cry Freetown film; David Barre, a British citizen and the alleged script writer; Timothy Lambon and Gugulakhe Radebe, a South African cameraman, purportedly came to Liberia to produce a documentary. In the course of things, the Liberian government, through a tip-off from the security apparatus, uncovered a 'pre manufactured' script which was clearly intended to corroborate the false allegations against President Taylor and the Liberian government on diamond smuggling, gun running and support to the RUF.
Clearly, the debacle of the journalists must have unmasked the diabolical intent of powerful interests in London and Washington given the outpour of appeals that came from influential members of the international community. Those who called the government to plead for the release of the journalists included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the British foreign office, London's Channel Four TV as well as the CNN.
The Liberian people applauded the government, which in accordance with its laws, exercised restraint, patience and maturity in dealing with the four journalists issue, thereby preventing it from creating an international crisis.
Following the charge against the journalists and a day before their appearance in a court of competent jurisprudence, the British ambassador accredited to Liberia with residence in Abidjan and special counsel representing Channel Four TV in London flew to Monrovia. They were joined by the Sierra Leone ambassador accredited to Monrovia, to 'find a way out of the mess'.
In the wake of the legal procedures Channel Four TV faxed an 'unreserved apology' to the Liberian government for any offence that the actions of the journalists who were in their employ, might have caused the Liberian government and people.
Subsequently, the four journalists, while in prison issued a similar handwritten unreserved apology. They were eventually released by the courts and permitted by the government to depart the country following their apology.
Perhaps what is most unnerving about the entire episode is the intelligence information uncovered about the true identity of the journalists. Through Interpol cooperation it was revealed that one of the so-called journalists, Timothy John Lambon, the assumed TV cameraman, was a soldier of fortune who once offered his service in Rhodesia during its civil war years, and has been involved in wars throughout southern Africa, including Angola and South Africa during the apartheid era. Aside from the attempts to corroborate the false allegations against the Taylor government, what then could have been the motive of a potential assassin parading as a TV cameraman among a media crew, several of whom are also suspected to have been impersonating as real journalists. Suspicion of their deadly motive was further revealed from their desperate, tenacious and persistent efforts to interview the President of Liberia at 'all cost'.
The four journalist' episode was a clear indication that their intention to produce a documentary on Liberia and link President Taylor to 'blood diamonds' and gun-running charges, was connected to the motive of the out-going US State Department and the British foreign office.
Also, following this episode, an avalanche of allegations against Liberia ceased for a considerable period, until October (2000) when the Greenstock delegation and a panel of experts from the United Nations Security Council, visited Liberia to investigate the diamond trade and its effects on the Sierra Leone conflict."
Mr Witness, now Mr Taylor also talked about this episode in his testimony. And this is what Mr Taylor had to say about the arrest of these journalists. If we could put the transcript on the screen from 16 February this year at page 35073. That's 16 February, 35073. I'll start reading from the first full paragraph, line 8. Mr Taylor testified:
"But before this group came into Liberia, which is about 2000, we had received some information, and they were very persistent. We had refused, apparently, the minister tells me, for so long. There was this fear that because of the attacks against me - at this particular time in 2000 there were various attacks against me, the news media, the BBC, Washington Post and everything - that we needed to be very careful, and even their insistence on filming me, I should be - we should be very careful, because cameras exist that have certain capabilities that could harm leaders.
One of the examples that had been given by our - I mean, to our security was the killing of Ahmad Shah Massoud of Afghanistan by using some similar electronic camera or something and that this - and that cameras existed that had rays or beams that could be pointed to an individual and could cause them in some way some bodily harm after the fact. So we were very, very much on high alert."
Now, Mr Witness, can you see here that in his testimony - this is from Mr Taylor's re-direct examination just last month - he lied when he said he was given a warning that our security was - given an example of the killing of Ahmad Shah Massoud of Afghanistan? Do you see that?