The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

When the war was going on if you attack and capture that place, if the government forces or the enemy forces flee the town, you were asked who in the town? People come out. And when these people come out you take them to your safety zone. Those were instruction from Foday Sankoh to front-line commanders, to front-line soldiers. Don't ever keep civilian at front line. As you capture them, once you lay hands on them send them back to the rear. If you attempted you would be the worst enemy to Foday Sankoh. That was how his own administration went on, sir. And when you bring them you have to hand them over to those concerned to deal with those people. Once you talk about the G5, they were purely civilians.

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