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

Foday Sankoh knew what they are all capable of doing, so he was not too sure of his security. When they went, when the helicopter landed, we disembarked. He decided to stay until Captain Palmer would go and assess the security situation for him. Captain Palmer disembarked. The first thing he told his friend was to apologise to them. He apologised to his friends, to the combatants, and asked for forgiveness for anything they might have heard.

Of course, as I said yesterday, Foday Sankoh was fully in charge. Whatever he did was endorsed by the boys, the combatants, so that no civilian actually had an opportunity to say no to anything he said. So when Captain Palmer was able to get the agreement of the boys, he went back to the helicopter and told him, "You can come out. Your boys are ready for you." As soon as he disembarked, he went to where all the boys were, pretending to be crying, because I could say pretending because if he had given them their due he would have had no need to cry. So the boys said, "Papay, no, don't worry, we are for you." That was the kind of thing he was looking for and he got it in full measure.

So as soon as they finished that one, they went off to - they said they want to go see CO Mohamed. By then CO Mohamed, Zino, his battle group commander or second in command, was in the north of Sierra Leone in a place called Kangari Hills, K-A-N-G-A-R-I. We saw them fly in the direction.

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