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

Because the amounts that they were being paid far exceeded the amount that was paid the ordinary - we've been through this - armed forces personnel. I told this Court that the ATU were the highest paid in the country. A private made, if I'm not mistaken, some $300, $400 a month. Up to a general that made about 1,000 or better. They were the best paid in the whole republic. The Secret Service was very paid and other agents - other individuals and depending on the operation were paid.

So it was handled from a secret account in order to make sure that there was no internal conflict between and amongst the other armed forces by going through a payroll through the Finance Ministry. It may sound unorthodox but this was authorised and we did it.

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