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

On maps that we've seen previously, Klay - in fact it is spelled in a different way on some maps, but we've gone through this, the Court understands - is at a major junction that leads directly to the Bo Waterside bridge and that is the border with Sierra Leone. That junction also leads to Tubmanburg. So Klay is about midway between Tubmanburg and city of Monrovia. And if you remember Klay, this is where one of the Prosecution witnesses Mr Bility said he was held in whatever he described here that I don't know. But it is a very, very important junction.

Now, by attacking Klay Junction this was the open road to Sierra Leone and it is at this particular time that the rebels have an opportunity now to begin to get supplies out of Sierra Leone that I spoke about. So we don't have to look at the map I don't think, but I'm sure the Court has seen where Klay is in relation to the road to Sierra Leone and the road to Bomi Hills.

It is a strategic junction and so we had to raise it because this will mean that this opened a short link to the receipt of arms and ammunition. Before this time the rebels had to travel from the Guinean border, through Lofa, through the forest down that took them sometimes - and they had to walk. It took them sometimes a week to two weeks. By attacking the Klay Junction, that gave them a very short route now from Sierra Leone. From Klay to the Bo Waterside I would put it to about 35, 40 kilometres. So that is strategic and important because now it gave them a shorter route to receiving arms and ammunition which they did.

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