Mr Sesay, when you made this decision to seek the protection of Opande, to cooperate with him for your survival, one person who wasn't happy, I suggest to you, was Charles Taylor. I'd like to read to you from some evidence about his reaction. If we could have the transcript of 12 March 2008, page 5896. 12 March 2008, 5896, the last line. Mr Sesay, I'm going to read to you from testimony from Zigzag Marzah. He was asked:
"Q. Mr Witness, you indicated that when you received the
order from Charles Taylor to execute Issa Sesay that
Issa Sesay had signed some paper. Do you know anything
about what these papers were about?
A. In relation to the document I am not sure, but what I
saw in Kono at that time when I went there, in my presence
I took some ammos to Issa to transfer it to Morris Kallon
in Makeni, but I was in Kono, some white guys went there
with some UN men and the CO Meh said that the people came
to the chief, Issa, for him to sign some documents. I
asked what the document was for and he said for the peace
agreement in Freetown.
It was at that time that I left with those white guys and
entered Issa's residence. I went into Issa's room, because
I don't speak Krio, so they won't notice that I am a
Liberian. When they finished talking I used the bypass
route and went to CO Meh who was in control of the diamond
that we used to bring. I went to his house.
It was there that I was - that I called over the Thuraya
satellite and called to Charles Taylor that there were some
white people from Freetown who had come to Issa, but they
said that they had come for peace agreement. And he said,
'The man wants to connive.' Then he said, 'Go to Kailahun
and wait for him there, I will send for him.' First he
said, 'You can execute him in Kono', and I said, 'No, the
group is large and if there were places like Pendembu or
Kailahun I will be able to execute him.' And then he said,
'Okay, but then come to Kailahun, I will send for him to
That's the time that I left Kono and went to Kailahun and
waited there for over weeks, let's say over two weeks, and
Issa never returned. Later Charles Taylor called me and
said, 'The man has already connived, you can come back. He
will no more receive supplies from me because our
operation, RUF is not different. NPFL is not different.'
When you cross - once you go across you go to Freetown and
you are an RUF. When you cross from Sierra Leone to
Liberia you are NPFL. That was how the movement was like.
We all took one instruction from Charles Taylor."
Mr Sesay, Charles Taylor was unhappy with your decision to cooperate with the UN in disarmament, and at one point he sent an instruction to have you executed. Did you know that?