Mr Sesay, I'd like to read to you now from the testimony of another witness, 23 January 2008, page 2045. We're still on the subject of the RUF fighting in Liberia and Guinea under the orders of Charles Taylor, and I'm going to read to you from the testimony of Abu Keita. So, going to about line 20:
"Q. Can you tell us were you involved in operations by the
RUF outside the borders of Sierra Leone?
And he explained:
"The first operation was Mosquito spray 1999, August, and when they attacked Liberia from Voinjama and Kolahun, that was the first operation that I took part in."
And he is asked to explain Mosquito Spray, and on the next page at the top he testified:
"A. Mosquito Spray was one commander of the LURD rebels
who entered into Liberia. That was the name that he called
himself, he said Mosquito Spray. He said he was in Liberia
to spray the AFL and the national police and to remove
Charles Taylor from power."
Skipping down that page to about line 20. Thank you. Line 22:
"A. Sam Bockarie contacted us in the morning to prepare
ourselves to move to Foya. He said because LURD rebel
Mosquito Spray had already attacked Voinjama and Kolahun,
so Benjamin Yeaten said we should move. So he got the
instructions from Benjamin Yeaten. So he called Issa Sesay
and Morris Kallon for us to move and implement this
operation in Liberia."
And then if we could go to page 2047, the next page, going to the bottom six lines, line 24:
"Q. Were there other units besides RUF that were fighting
together against Mosquito Spray?
A. Yes, they were the AFL, whom I told you that their,
their commander was Colonel Stanley, the battalion
commander in Foya, and the police and the ATU. We all did
the operation to clear off Mosquito Spray from Kolahun and
Skipping to the bottom of the next page, 2048, the last four lines, he was asked about the next operation, and he said:
"A. The next one, after releasing the peacekeepers, which
were the Zambians and the Kenyans, when Issa Sesay came
with the 50 boxes of ammunition, we moved from Makeni to
Kamakwie and then the commander, who was in Kokuima, who
was called Colonel Komba Gbundema, he was the commander in
Kamakwie, and then we used the Kabbah Ferry. We met -
we went to Madina Wulo. We attacked Madina Wulo in Guinea
and then, in that attack, we incurred more casualties."
He was asked when that occurred, the capture of the peacekeepers, and he said: "That was 2000." Skipping down about 10 lines, line 10 - excuse me, line 16, he explained:
"A. In that operation we were fighting against the Guinean
Q. Who was commanding the RUF forces?
A. It was Short Bai Bureh.
Q. Sir, did you receive any information? Were you told
why RUF was going to Guinea, attacking Guinea at that time?
A. Issa Sesay said Charles Taylor informed him that we
should give him grounds in Guinea so that the time for the
disarmament into Sierra Leone, some of arms we had would be
crossed over into Guinea for safekeeping."
Skipping down about another 10 lines, to about line 18. Thank you. Line 22:
"A. The next operation was Dennis Mingo, alias Superman,
when we moved from Kono we attacked Guinea closer to
Kissidou. We went in between Kissidou and Gueckedou and
then they had a refugee camp there where both Liberians and
Sierra Leoneans were based."
Going to the next page, to the middle of the next page, line 15:
"Q. And how long do you think you were in Guinea that
A. We spent a month. We retreated to Sierra Leone."
Skipping to the next answer, he said:
"A. We moved to Kono. From there Issa provided transport
for everyone of us and we moved to Liberia and we were in
Foya where we met Colonel Benjamin Yeaten and he said
'Guys, everybody should get ready for the operation'. He
said, 'This time around we have to take Gueckedou.' So we
used the Solomon crossing point, that is the crossing point
between Liberia and Gueckedou they call 'Solomon'."
Going to the next page, 2052, the fourth line:
"A. It was a joint operation. The RUF, the AFL, the ATU,
the police, all of us crossed."
Skipping down to his next answer, about 10 lines down - line 18:
"A. The commander was Benjamin Yeaten. The field
commander was Superman and then we had different
commanders. I was a commander, Matthew Barbue was a
commander, was Mark Gwon was a commander. Then I think the
operation was planned and signed by Issa Sesay and Benjamin
Yeaten, and then I think I gave a copy of that to the
Prosecution. I wish you can help me with the copy to
identify them to the judges."
And, Mr Sesay, then he was shown and identified the document P-28, which you were shown this morning, and that was number 4 on the signature page, and you identified your signature on that document.
Going to page - do you remember, Mr Sesay, on that document, P-28, Matthew Barbue was listed as Major General?