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

Yes. The embassy had visited. Remember, Bility said - the embassy had visited Bility at least twice. They had said to us, "Look, this is an unusual annoyance. Washington is present. Why don't you just let Bility go?" We said, "Well, look, we have evidence" - we showed it to them - "that Bility is not just a journalist, but he is involved in actually recruiting. He is a part - he is - he is a combatant and that's what we term him." We said, "He is an unlawful combatant. So for you to tell us to let him go, we can't let him go. We're prepared to - if possible, let's put him on trial, okay, and see - you know, and bring the facts to the Court." So they said, "Well, a trial would just be, you know, too much." We said, "Okay, we'll keep him until the end of the war. You said that your unlawful combatants are not entitled to the judicial process and can be held until the end of the war, so we'll hold Bility until the end of the war."

What annoyed the government that we're explaining here, they go forward and they say, "Oh, Mr Bility is a political prisoner." That opened a new - I mean, that opened a can of worms. And we really got upset that you would term Bility, after we've shown you the emails and Bility's activities, prisoners of war that have admitted that Bility is engaged in certain activities in Monrovia. So we do two things. We go public and this is the incident where we bring Bility out to this public news conference that is mentioned in the last visit where I say, "Great. Since Blaney is now" - we're now going at loggerheads. "Oh, you don't want to release him because maybe he is tortured." Oh, yeah, you know that Bility is not being tortured. This is when I hold a press conference and we bring Bility to the press conference to demonstrate that there is absolutely nothing wrong with him and we will hold him until we very well get ready to release him.

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