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

Now, he goes on:

"Q. What do you mean that the first target was to be


A. Well, Kono is a mining area. In that whole country,

that is the place we know, the high level productivity for

diamonds, so we believed that if we were able to capture

there first it would have been good for us. That was the

reason why Kono. He said 'Kono should serve as the first

target that we should capture'."

Now, I'm pausing again to ask you this: Mr Sesay, was the capture of Kono in December 1998 motivated by a desire to commence mining on behalf of the RUF?

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