And if we look at 6 September 2009 at page 26167 - actually, that would be 6 August 2009 at 26167. And we see at the bottom of the page, line 27:
"Q. In December 1998, did you foresee that you would be
facing trials years later on these allegations?
A. Not in my wildest dreams, no."
And then if we also look at 6 August at 26173 and we look at line 25 and again you were being asked:
"Q. When you were writing to President Clinton at the back
end of December 1998, did you know that you would be facing
trial a few years later?
A. Not in my wildest dreams, no, no, no."
And then if we could look at 10 August 2009 at page 26275, and if we could look at first line 7:
"Q. Now, we need to pause and appreciate the date on which
this statement was read."
Your counsel at this time is reading a statement into the record and he indicates, "This was 26 January 1999.
A. That is correct.
Q. In light of some of the content of what comes after,
Mr Taylor, can I ask you this: When you authorised this
statement to be announced in London, did you anticipate
that you would be on trial before this document was taken
A. No, no, no, that was the last thing on my mind, trial
or being indicted and all of that."
Then at the bottom, line 27:
"Q. But did you anticipate at this time that you would
have to be explaining yourself about your activities during
this period in a Court of law?"
A. No, not at all. Never occurred to me."
Then we have other similar statements by you, including also on 10 August at page 26412, and if we look at line 16:
"Q. Secondly, at the time you were informing your brother
President of this, Mr Taylor, back in 1998 no less, were
you aware that a decade later you would be on trial on
Q. So you were, in effect, setting up a prior Defence?
A. No, I had no idea in my wildest dream that I would be
And then on 31 August your attention is drawn to March 2002. This is 31 August 2009 at page 28052. And if we look at line 25:
"Q. Pause. By this date, Mr Taylor, March 2002, what was
your knowledge of this tribunal being set up in Sierra
And you say you were not on top of the details regarding this, especially when you knew the tribunal was a Sierra Leone tribunal.
And then if we switch over to 28053, at lines 5 through 8, you are asked again if you contemplated that in due course you may become a defendant before that tribunal, and you said, "Never. Never." And you go on to explain from 11 to 16 that your lawyers, as far as you were concerned - "or we were concerned and our lawyers that knew the tribunal was a Sierra Leone tribunal, not a Chapter 7 tribunal and contemplating coming before it was the last thing on my mind."
And then also on 31 August, you are again asked about this at page 28062 and 28063 wherein you were talking about an interview in July/August 2002, and this is with the journalist Bafour Ankomah. And we see this in line 21, "In July/August of this year, 2002, I do another very extensive interview with him." And then the question at the bottom of the page:
"Q. Six months or so before an indictment is signed
And you indicate - you are asked:
"Q. At the time of this interview, did you contemplate in
due course you would be put on trial for war crimes and
crimes against humanity?
A. No, I did not at all."
And then you were asked:
"Q. Were you seeking in that interview to effectively set
up a defence to a criminal charge?
A. No. No."
And then on 14 September, perhaps you remember, your counsel asked you:
"Q. You must have had a crystal ball, Mr Taylor, which
told you that 'In anticipation of such an indictment I
ought to kill Sam Bockarie.' Is that the case?
A. No, not the case."
Do you remember the Defence counsel on 14 September putting that question to you about "you must have had a crystal ball"? Remember that, Mr Taylor?