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

I will begin at line 12. This was the statement by the Prosecutor - the opening statement by the Prosecutor when he opened the case against Mr Taylor and these were the allegations he was saying the Prosecution would put forward through their evidence. At line 12:

"A plan was there formulated" - that is a plan at Tajura in Libya. "A plan was there formulated by the accused and others to take over political and physical control of Sierra Leone in order to exploit its abundant natural resources and to establish a friendly or subordinate government there to permit - to facilitate this exploitation. This was part of a larger strategy that included helping others militarily in their respective revolutions to take over their respective countries, and the first one was to be Liberia. For that there was created the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, the NPFL, and then of course there was the RUF, the Revolutionary United Front, created for Sierra Leone.

The agreement made by the accused and Foday Sankoh was to begin, as I say, in Liberia with the help of Sankoh's forces, and Liberia would then be used as a base from which to move into Sierra Leone with the help of the forces of the accused."

I will just pause there.

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