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

Madam Kallon, you remember yesterday I read to you portions of the evidence given to this Court by someone called Perry Kamara, TF1-360. I want to go back to the transcript again to ask you one or two questions. This is the transcript of 4 February 2008, page 3054. Yes, thank you, Madam Court Manager. I read this to you yesterday. I'll read only this page or thereabouts. This is Perry Kamara testifying about the Sierra Rutile attack. There's a question asked at line 3:

"Q. When was this attack on Sierra Rutile?

A. It was in late 1994 to 5.

Q. And what happened during the attack?

A. During this attack the RUF reported about the manager

and otherwise that were captured together with him and also

the missions commander for that particular mission was CO

Mohamed Tarawalli. He came with money and the money was in

the rice bag together with the white man. When they

brought this money the money was reported to Foday Sankoh

and all of these went through the radio message. And

anything that happened at that time the communication

systems in the total RUF will receive that message at the

time. When they brought this money we monitored a call, he

called the NPFL radio station and he sent message to

Mr Taylor about this money and then Mr Taylor told him

that, 'You have to save that money to do some other things

with it, for instance, to get ammunition, food and drugs

for your fighters.' Then he kept the money for some time.

Then also, 'You can use this money to establish diplomatic

relationship with the outside world.' He showed him ways

to establish the diplomatic relationship with the outside

world. He told him and then he did it. We all saw it. I

saw it myself."

Let's pause. I want to ask you about this reference to money. Perry Kamara told this Court that there was a radio communication between Foday Sankoh and Mr Taylor. The previous pages bear out the fact that it was the two that Perry Kamara was referring to here, Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor. Perry Kamara says that there was money in a rice bag that came together with the white man; that Mr Taylor spoke about this money, said that you have to save that money to do some other things with it, and gave an example, for instance, to get ammunition, food and drugs for your fighters and that the money could also be used to establish diplomatic relationship with the outside world.

Madam Kallon, when you took the first set of RUF delegates or people - we're talking about Philip Palmer, Agnes and Deen-Jalloh, Kono Manie, Pa Kamara, Pa Kallon, Pa Alhaji Fofana and you yourself went on that trip, when you took those people on that trip how were they supposed to fund their stay in the Ivory Coast, that is, where would they get the money from to stay in the Ivory Coast?

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