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

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"Forces loyal to President Taylor have been fighting rebel factions in the north of the country since 1999. Earlier this week, Defence Minister Daniel Chea said the government army was fighting an unfair war because of an international ban on selling weapons to the Liberian government. Last week, the rebels briefly captured the village of Sawmill, just 80 kilometres from Monrovia, causing thousands of refugees to flee.

'The arms embargo and the government's inability to fully cater to the economic and social well-being of its citizens warrant the declaration of a state of emergency,' Mr Taylor said on state radio and television. 'The state of emergency will be lifted only circumstances which warranted this action are removed; he said. Rebels spokesman Charles Bennie told the BBC's Focus on Africa that they would soon be in control of Klay Junction on the main road to Monrovia."

Charles Bennie, known to you, Mr Taylor?

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