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

When this happened to me and my experience of my ordeal during the war, of course people know me very well in Freetown. I am more or less popular in Freetown because of my music - I mean my experience with music, you know, my dealings with music, people know me. So the news went around - all around, Emmanuel was captured, Emmanuel was captured, Emmanuel was with the rebels and so on and so forth. In fact, people were saying that I was dead, right, especially the time when I was alone with the AFRC/RUF men people were saying that man is dead. In fact, we are not hearing about him for the past days, months, weeks and so on and so forth. So, when I arrived in Freetown, everywhere people started saying, "Oh, that man has come and it has a very good story of his experience during the war." In fact, one day I was taken by one man of God to his church, you know, one popular church in Freetown, to give a testimony, like, saying thanks to God of what happened to me, right, so everywhere people know very well what happened to me. So in the incident somebody got the information, who were a particular person came to me in my residence at the university, by the name of Louise Taylor, right. She came to me in the university and then, well, she was asking me questions and there she first of all presented a case that there is a court, you know, which is going to be for the war criminals, right, and we - I have to be part of it to be a witness. She asked me. She said, "Are you willing to be a witness?" I said, "Yes, I am willing to be, because I think it is really necessary for me to be a part of putting an end to all of this war in Africa, you know." And I admitted myself, you know, volunteered myself, to be a witness, so we started off with the case then.

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