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

Before the NPFL launched its revolution in Liberia, there was what is called in the military an operational order. That operational order laid down in black and white and spelt out the behaviour and comportmentation of the men as military people; what they could do and what they could not do. That operational order was strict and it was clear to them that who did not follow that operational order would be court-martialled and would be dealt with.

Now, there arose an incident in Liberia as Prince was commanding. A couple of the Special Forces misbehaved. I think they fled in the sight of battle and endangered the troops. Now, Prince got annoyed and he executed them. Now, he did not have the authority to do that. He had no right to do that. That report reached to me and I ordered that he report and be available for an investigation.

Because of your question I will stop there, okay? So I have just explained that he was a disciplinarian, but that is what I meant by sometimes he went a little overboard. While he could have taken action by arresting these men and probably disciplining them, he did not have a right to take that action against them and that is why I ordered his arrest.

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