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

Let me answer your question, please. Let me answer your question. Mr Koumjian, when you look at payments of salaries, the salary payments varied. What a private makes, a sergeant doesn't make, a lieutenant doesn't make. And, Mr Koumjian, then what's going to happen to me does. It's impossible for me to sit here and lie to these judges and tell them I remember the monthly amount paid the SSS when I was in office. No.

The only thing I can say with honour is that whatever payment was made out of this account, I authorised it. And I dealt with this official because I knew that she would not steal. We had a parable in Liberia: "You give a man money, he will steal and give it to his girlfriend. You give a woman money, even if she steals it, she will take care of her children." So I trusted this official.

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