The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
I have heard you.
Under the Liberian government, but he was actually sent there by Issa. So he directly took instructions from Issa at that particular time. Whatever Issa told him was what he went by.
He was there as a commander under the RUF.
After the Kissidougou mission he decided to go back to Liberia because that was where he was now based. He only came at that time because he was invited to come and undertake the Kissidougou mission. So immediately after the Kissidougou mission he decided to go back to Liberia where ...
It was Issa who recalled him to come back to Sierra Leone so that he will lead the troops to Kissidougou.
It was Issa who sent Superman to do that.
He was a senior officer, so he was now based there as a security to Foday Sankoh.
Superman was with Foday Sankoh in Freetown for a long period of time, because he was there up to Christmas and after the Christmas he was there during the new year up to the 8 May incident. So he was there for long with Foday Sankoh.
It was Foday Sankoh who invited him to go there. After the Lomé Peace Accord Foday Sankoh flew to Freetown, so when he was there he invited Superman to come and meet him there because he wanted to know his own side with regards the infighting that took place, but ...
It was Superman and Boston Flomo and their troops. We moved to go to Freetown, but the ECOMOG troop did not allow us to enter at all, so we were based at Waterloo.
We met Superman in Lunsar.
From Lunsar, Boston Flomo and his troop, we moved, we went and met him in Lunsar. We all organised there and we decided to go to Freetown, but when we went to Freetown we did not succeed and so we went and we came back to Masiaka. We based there ...
The three of them decided to fight together, because they called for a meeting to iron out the differences between the three of them.
Boston Flomo suggested that we should go and receive Superman to come and join us, because by then he was a little bit afraid to come and join us because of the accusation levied against him by Mosquito. So what happened was that we tried to call a meeting between ...
It was Boston Flomo, aka Rambo.
Superman was at a village called Binkolo. He at first came and attacked Makeni, but it was unsuccessful and so he retreated. He went and based in Binkolo.
We hit to go to Makeni.
Around the Kono axis after Mosquito has called for a forum and we went, we attended the meeting, from there we came, we pursued and we entered Kono and we went down to Freetown.
Late December 1998 I was around the Kono axis.
Superman did not escape. They told us that he wanted to escape, but he did not actually escape. He was just accused, but he did not do it.
He was the President at that time.
Jerry Rawlings, the former Ghanaian President.
He told us that he was a revolutionary and they would have to lead a revolution in Ghana to oust John Rawlings. He said he attempted once and he failed, but next time he would have to try it in a revolution form. So that's why he had - because ...
Dr Simbo was a Ghanaian.
He was a Sierra Leonean.
Fayia Musa was an RUF.
He said - he spoke in general terms. He said he would use them. He said he would have to use them after the RUF would have succeeded. He spoke in general terms as use. He used the word "use" in general terms. But during that time the only meaning that ...
They did not assist in the mining at all. They were not allowed to come and fight because if they had fought and captured then they would be mining and supplying us, but Superman did not accept.
Why? Because there was a commander called Superman who was at the Kurubonla jungle. He got that on the HF radio, so he responded through the HF radio to talk to the RUF that, no, Foday Sankoh had said we should not allow any mercenary. We should not allow any ...
No, RUF did not accept to use them.
Ordinance, it's an a particular place that the military had in the Murray Town barracks where arms were stored. They called the place Ordinance.
Some were left in Magburaka, some were taken to Ordinance and some were taken to Makeni.
Whether they brought, first they tried to take them from Mayoroh. They took some to Freetown to the Ordinance and some were taken to Makeni and some were in Magburaka. They were used to repel the ECOMOG troops who wanted to invade Freetown at that time.
They should enter to Guinea by Kissidougou through Kono, not Koinadugu. Then he should send manpower to Foya to Benjamin Yeaten to be able to join the other forces who were there to enter through Guéckédou. That was why there was delay, the disarmament in that area.
The instruction that I mean was the instruction from Issa. He said he got an instruction from Charles Taylor that he should organise the troops to enter Guinea through Pamelap.
I remember saying that.
Yes, I understand.
I do not recall this month, but what I am trying to tell you is that I took this particular 3,500 pieces to
What date - which day are you talking about?
The 3,500 pieces, I travelled with it. I travelled with it, but it was not - I did not travel together with these two people on that occasion.
I am not correcting my correction. That's why I said I did my correction using pen, so would you please request for that handwriting form of the correction that I made - the handwritten form that I corrected?
The thing that is wrong here is that the two other people that you are referring to, we did not go together to give that amount that you are now referring to, that quantity that you are referring to, to give to that person.
I am still telling you that I don't remember making this correction, except if my handwriting could be brought, because I wrote it with pen.
I don't remember making a correction like this. If they can bring where I wrote, if they can bring my handwriting as a proof, then that would be better.
I see it, but I cannot recall making such a correction.
Yes, I have seen that.
They got it wrong when they said it was 3,500 carats. That's why I said they got it wrong.
I remember telling you that it was 350 carats, then 3,500 pieces of diamonds. I can remember telling you that. 350 carats and 3,500 pieces.
Yes, I have seen it.
I don't know why you are reading it that way.
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