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

Right. Let's go on and deal with another aspect of the testimony of this witness, 8 February 2008, page 3460 of the transcript:

"Q. Now, Mr Witness, when you say SSS, do you know what

SSS stands for?

A. SSS, I know it. I know how Liberians call it there,

Special Security Service who were - I can say they are the

elite forces among the soldiers, the high class, the ones

who work with the President.

Q. And just to come back once again, you said again that,

'When it comes under the government of Charles Taylor.'

What was your understanding of the government of

Charles Taylor at that time?

A. Let me tell you this. Let me tell you this was not a

government. It was a government that was put in place by

Charles Taylor himself. Then there was a rebel war, not a

government that was elected by people. But during the war,

Charles Taylor formed a government because he has

ministers, has protocols and many other things, senior army


Q. Mr Witness, you said that Charles Taylor has protocols.

Who were his protocols?

A. Let me tell you. I can remember the senior protocol

officer whose name is Musa Cisse. Among the protocols I

know other person - another lady whose name is Lydia. He

has many protocols but these were the ones I can remember.

I can remember their names."

And then Mr Verner spells the names.

"Q. And, Mr Witness, did you say Lilia?

A. Lydia.

Q. Now, Mr Witness, you said as well that Taylor had

senior army officers. Who were these senior army officers.

A. I will start with our own people, among our Gambia

people. General Jackson was among, he was a special

bodyguard to Charles Taylor himself. General Musa was

among. Musang Yai, he is also a special bodyguard to

Charles Taylor. They were all Gambians. General Abdulai

Bah, he was a senior soldier. General Yeaten. Now I will

go to the Liberians. He was then SSS chief of staff."

Justice Sebutinde then asked, "Is this the same Yeaten spelling that we have had before?" Mr Verner clarifies it's the same spelling.

Now, let's go through that slowly now, please. What are we to understand by the term "a protocol", Mr Taylor?

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