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

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"...cannot be attributed to the RUF because the RUF is bounded by rules and regulations which cannot allow anybody to commit atrocity against innocent civilians whom the RUF took arms to save from the misery imposed on them by politicians. If you can recall from 1991 until 1996, when the first peace accord was signed on Sierra Leone in the Ivorian capital Abidjan on the 30th of November 1996, you never heard of the kind of appalling atrocities which you are hearing now. This is simply because of the principles RUF operates under. The kind of atrocities you are seeing now started in 1997 when President Kabbah took over the government of this country, coming on to the AFRC rule, ECOMOG intervention and up to pushing ECOMOG from the hinterlands to Freetown.

Any RUF who is identified by any victim of committing atrocities against him or her will face the full weight of the law. Even those who went against the ideology of the RUF during the armed struggle, steps was taken against them severely. This is why Foday Sankoh himself took time to teach the men on how to deal with civilians, prisoners of war and humanitarian laws."

During your ideology training at Camp Naama, Mr Sesay, did that training cover the topics listed here?

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