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

No, not at all. Let me just again deal with that word "fearful" as was interpreted in Liberia by the NPFL. If you reached a village, from a guerilla standpoint - now, I know all the hoopla that has been around about going to murder to make areas fearful. For the NPFL let me tell this Court what fearful meant. If you reached a village and the village was abandoned but you saw food and maybe you saw smoke but there is not one human, a guerilla was taught in the NPFL to be leaving right away. It was possible that an enemy was there and probably there was a possible ambush and so that area was a fearful area.

That's how our commandos were trained, because ambushes can be - you get in a village and you see no-one, but you see let's say raw rice and you see smoke maybe from where there had been fire, it's possible that other soldiers were there and abandoned it. And we did fall - some of my soldiers did fall into ambush in that particular way.

So from that particular point there were strict instructions that, "When you meet a deserted area, but signs of life, you must know it's a trap." That's what we interpreted a fearful area as being, not an orgy of murder and rape and nonsense. I sat here and listened to all of that. That is what the NPFL - any trained guerilla and any military person here would know you don't play with those kind. Those are the fearful areas in the NPFL. Deserted area, but sign of life that you have to be concerned about. So immediately they were taught, "You move into this area and you see it, what do you do? You withdraw immediately and observe the area for some time to see as to whether it is an ambush in the making."

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