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

Foday Sankoh, to see if he could convince him to change his mind to see us. He did not succeed. Then the Foreign Minister informed the British ambassador, who was an old lady. When the old lady was going there, according to what his bodyguards told us later, Juliet Gbessay James, the radio operator, because she was there, when she was going there she prepared some food for him and took it to him; cake.

When he saw the lady and the cake and the special appeal for him from Britain to respect the accord, he said he had enough food in the house, he did not want the cake. So even civility did not allow him to take anything from that old lady, not to say - I mean not to talk of listening to her. So she too left.

When the Foreign Minister got the information, he called us around and said, "This is a situation. The CCP, what do we do? We cannot do anything without you." That was the time I said, "Let's see what will happen before the end of this week." Before that week could end, that was now in March, we heard that he was arrested in Nigeria at the airport. That was on the news.

When we heard this one, we gathered as a commission. I told the other commission members that as far as I am concerned and my colleagues on the commission were concerned, because I was representing them, I said we have to call it a day with RUF or we strip Foday Sankoh of his leadership role. Because if we just call it a day and leave, he is going to continue the campaign of war. So the option that I think we should follow is to strip him of his leadership role. So that was what I told the commission.

But I told Mr Shaka Mansaray, who was on the commission and security adviser to the President, President Kabbah, I told him to inform the President that we were not taking that decision to --

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