Now, he goes on to say, Mr Taylor, that on the occasion of this third arrest in January 1998, following the publication of that editorial "S-t-o-p", page 22338, line 17:
"I was arrested and beaten. I was at the offices of The National newspaper. I was arrested by the police and some Special Security Service personnel who took me to the police headquarters, to the office of the late police director Joseph B Tate who in turn asked one of President Taylor's security personnel, Montgomery, I'm not sure what his first name is, to take me to the Executive Mansion. I was beaten in the offices of The Analyst newspaper in a vehicle as we headed for the police station, that's where I was beaten. They were throwing punches at me. I was hit with batons, using the butts of their guns, their arms, their AK-47 assault rifles to hit my shoulders, head, stuff like that. I was taken to the Executive Mansion," page 22339, line 22, "by Montgomery," line 26.
And then he goes on. He was asked:
"Q. Was anybody else present in the transport of you to
the Executive Mansion?
A. No. There were other security personnel, you know, low
ranking officers. I don't know - I didn't know them. So
Montgomery is the person that I recognised because he is a
Q. What happened after that? Did you eventually arrive at
the Executive Mansion?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. What happened then?
A. I was taken to a small waiting room, after which I was
brought to President Taylor. This was on the sixth floor."
And then he qualifies that:
"A. Once we got there, my thinking was it was on the sixth
floor. I don't specifically because we went with an
elevator, so I don't know. I was beaten, I was bruised
and, you know, I wasn't really observing in terms of what
floor that was.
Q. How long did you wait before you were brought to see
A. Less than hour.
Q. What happened after that, specifically?
A. President Taylor called me my name. He says, 'Are you
Hassan again?' And he says in Liberian English, 'So you,
boy, you will now forget this thing. I mean hey kid,
aren't you going to forget this?' And he says - as he
spoke, his comments - as he progressed with his comments he
became more and more furious and he says, 'Well, I have
warned you before.'"
And then he goes on to clarify, this is page 22341:
"A. His first comment, 'Are you not going to forget this
reporting?' So once he said that I didn't respond and he
began to talk, to say, he asked if I were a spy, if I
worked for Tejan Kabbah, President Tejan Kabbah. And he
said, well, the whole ECOMOG/RUF, whatever business I was
reporting on, that in fact he didn't care about ECOMOG or
what-MOG. And he says if I wasn't careful I would lose my
life for reporting on those issues and that his involvement
with Sierra Leone - his business in Sierra Leone was nobody
else's or was nobody else's business and he thought that
the RUF was fighting a just war and that there is nothing
that anybody could do about it. He wouldn't allow any
arm-twisting tactics and that basically many things, but
there were some key points, key things that I picked up
from what he said.
Q. Who else was present?
A. Well, Joseph what he call Montgomery actually went out.
And once we started a conversation, what is his name, the
police director Joseph Tate came in and he was also there."
He was asked if he responded to you, Mr Taylor, and he said:
"No, I just listened. I sat there and listened because I was scared. And he said that I was paid by Tejan Kabbah or I worked for Tejan Kabbah. I said, no, I don't know him. I don't work for him. And he specifically mentioned that Kabbah was an enemy, you know, by associating with ECOMOG in the first place, so I was trying to prove one point, that I didn't work for President Tejan Kabbah and I was not a spy. So those were the answers I gave that, you know, I wasn't."
He said that he was shut - he would ordered to shut down by newspaper, The National newspaper, which he followed through with.
After my arrest and subsequent release I didn't go to work that day. I went to hospital, to a small clinic on Jamaica Road, Bushrod Island."
And he went because, as he says, "I was wounded. I was injured, you know, if you like. I went to seek medical treatment."
So, Mr Taylor, third arrest, third time brought in front of you. Third time you're saying bad things about Tejan Kabbah and ECOMOG, and that you won't allow the RUF to have its arms twisted. Sounds a bit like a stuck record, Mr Taylor, so help me.