Thank you, Mr Vincent. Now, I'll continue to read what Ms Pyne told the Court in June 2008. At line 21 a question was posed, "Do you know why they were brought to Buedu?" The question was rephrased to ask:
"Q. Do you know why they were in Buedu?
A. Like I said just now, I understood that why they came
to Buedu was for them to perform the same juju practice for
the RUF fighters to protect them from bullets. So they
will mark the RUF fighters' bodies, so when they go to the
war front bullets will not pierce their bodies and they
will be brave enough to do whatever they had gone to do."
Over to the next page, page 12238. More questions were asked of Alice Pyne regarding the herbalist at line 11:
"Q. How many herbalists were there?
A. There were up to seven.
Q. Do you know where they were from?
A. I knew they came from Liberia.
Q. How did you know that?
A. Well, first was the language that they spoke and, two,
Sam Bockarie himself, when he was handing them over to
Superman, that was what he said. And there was an old
woman who was a Gbandi, the two of us spoke to each other.
She told me.
Q. What did the old woman who spoke Gbandi tell you
A. She told me that they who were the herbalists had their
boss who was a Loma tribesman. She said Charles Taylor had
sent them to Sam Bockarie so that they will come and
protect the RUF fighters' bodies from bullets, particularly
we who were in Kono for us to be able to recapture Kono
from the ECOMOG.
Q. When you say 'to recapture Kono from the ECOMOG', where
specifically are you talking about?
A. Koidu Town."
Let's pause there. Now if I were to read from page 12309 it would confirm that this witness was talking about the year 1998. And at page 12310 the witness says that they cannot remember the exact month in 1998 when this took place.
Mr Vincent, 1998, Alice Pyne told this Court in Buedu were some herbalists that they came from Liberia, a Gbandi woman told her they were sent by Charles Taylor, the purpose for which was to protect the RUF fighters from bullets, among other things. Now, did you ever hear of the RUF using herbalists to protect their fighters from bullets?