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

I have been harassed for so many times and some of these harassments were not just because they wanted to come and harass me. Some of this harassment was because of - on several occasions because when they come to get people to go to Sierra Leone, when there is tension in Sierra Leone, when there is war in Sierra Leone, they will hunt civilians and when they hunt you down, or sometimes they will come and try to encourage people, because this was - as I have said before, this was the primary responsibility of Victor. Always when Victor comes sometimes he encouraged people, sometimes they could just arrest anybody on the street and take you to Sierra Leone. Sometimes they will encourage people to go and get a training to go to Sierra Leone. So we that refused to this particular idea, we were under constant intimidation and I have suffered that a lot, you see. So on most occasions when these things are happening I have to go in hiding.

So there was a time in February, it was just about some days after my birthday, they came to my kiosk, they really came there to arrest me, but I was not there. My younger brother was there and he was arrested. They looted my shop. They took away everything that I had there, my money, my businesses, everything, and took my brother away. My brother was at the police station. So my wife contacted me to where I was living, I was sleeping by then. So she went there and she told me I should not go home. I should not go to the kiosk. I said why. She said a lot of securities are around today and they have went there, they have arrested my brother.

So I told her to go and call the person named 1 on this list so that she could help us, because she was our - she was like our mother in everything. So she came, my wife came with her and we explained the situation to her. She went and asked her uncle and they went to the police station. There they met the officers - the deputy officer who was in charge at that particular moment and negotiated the release of my brother, but before that could happen they demanded me. They said my brother would never be released except I have to go to Kailahun or Sierra Leone to go and fight in Kenema. So I could not come there because they told me - I knew if I go there I will be forced to go to Sierra Leone.

So what they did after all the conversation, all the negotiations, was that we could give money for the release of my brother, which we did, and the next day I gave my brother transport and he left for Monrovia. Then myself - me and my sister-in-law's boyfriend, went to Kolahun and we stayed at the Kolahun refugee camp too because it was very much safer there for us.

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