Mr Witness, let me suggest to you why it was you didn't hear from the Government of Liberia. Can the witness please be shown the transcript from 12 November 2008, page 20125. Sir, this is the testimony of Augustine Mallah who testified openly and I'm going to start to read from line 4. It's quite lengthy. He testified:
"A. After I had left Abidjan and had come to Danane, the
house where Philip Palmer was at Belleview One Protocol
Yard, the reason why it was referred to as protocol yard,
according to what I was told by Philip Palmer and others,
there was another house nearby, just about 15 yards off the
house where Philip Palmer was. There was a man there
called Pa Musa Cisse. This Musa Cisse man was the protocol
officer for Charles Taylor. So the house where Pa Musa
Cisse was in relation to where the RUF base was where
Philip Palmer was was a short distance. That's why I said
I estimated it to be a 15 yard distance. So this Pa Musa
Cisse had a radio man and that radio man, we referred to
him as Action Man. He was a Sierra Leonean, this Action
Man, but he had left the RUF for a long time and he was
then with the NPFL. So Action Man had been with Pa Musa
Cisse as a radio operator. Just when Foday Sankoh and Mike
Lamin were arrested when I came to Danane, the following
day at night Action Man went to us at the house and he
invited us at Musa Cisse's house and he told me that in
fact he had had communication with Foday Sankoh. That was
two days after - after Foday Sankoh had been arrested in
Nigeria. He was then in detention.
He said he had heard information. He said he had had
contact with Foday Sankoh and Foday Sankoh had told him to
contact Mosquito so that the two of them would be linked up
and he would give him some pieces of advice and order. He
told him that he should tell Mosquito to take advice from
the other side. And we came. After he had told us this we
were there and the following night --
Q. Mr Witness, before you move on to the following night,
let me ask you some questions about what you have just told
the Court. First of all, Action Man, did you know him by
any other name?
A. Well, this Action Man, I did not ask him about any
other name of his. I don't know.
Q. And you mentioned Mosquito. Who was Mosquito?
A. Mosquito was a Sierra Leonean. He was Sam Bockarie who
was taking care of RUF, whom Foday Sankoh had told to take
care of the RUF in Sierra Leone.
Q. And who was it who said to take advice from the other
side? Who said that?
A. It was Foday Sankoh.
Q. And who was to take advice from the other side?
A. Mosquito, Sam Bockarie.
Q. Did you understand what was meant by 'the other side'?
A. Yes, that is just what I am about to say. The next
night Action Man called me, together with CO Brown. We
went to the house where Pa Musa Cisse was and we sat there.
We were about two yards away from where Action Man was
sitting, but it was in the same room. We saw him contact
Mosquito and I heard Foday Sankoh's voice and Foday Sankoh
asked about Mike Lamin. Action Man replied that he had
been arrested. He spoke to Mosquito.
Q. Who spoke to Mosquito?
A. Foday Sankoh. He told Mosquito that - he told Mosquito
that Mosquito should not take anything from Fayia Musa and
others. He said even the detention that he was in, Fayia
Musa and others had hands in that, so the only thing that
he was telling him was that he should take advice directly
from Charles Taylor in Liberia.
Q. Now, who was saying to take advice directly from
Charles Taylor in Liberia? Who said that?
A. Foday Sankoh told Mosquito, Sam Bockarie. He said Sam
Bockarie should take advice from Charles Taylor in Liberia.
He said even before he was arrested in Nigeria he said he
had spoken to Charles Taylor, that is Foday Sankoh. He had
spoken to Charles Taylor for his Sierra Leonean fighters
who had been with the NPFL and fought alongside the NPFL.
He said, being that Mike Lamin had crossed over with a lot
of his fighters into Liberia, he will want those fighters
who had been fighting for a long time alongside the NPFL to
find ways to be transported back to Sierra Leone to
Mosquito to continue the fight and therefore he should take
advice from Charles Taylor. I heard that. And from there
we left the room and returned to our house."
So, sir, do you understand now after hearing this that the reason Liberia didn't try to contact those of you trying to change the leadership of the RUF was because once Foday Sankoh was arrested, Charles Taylor was in command of the RUF and he had no interest in anyone else taking over?