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

In some instances I was able. In others I had to use force on some of the fighting men. They didn't want to - President Taylor had just left and some were still hostile to me. They wanted me to pay them. President Taylor had promised to pay them and he didn't and I must pay them their money. These guns were things by which they lived, they had their checkpoints, they had their guns to patrol to make their money and now I was trying to disarm them. I must give them money.

At one time my house was surrounded and they said if I did not pay they were going to set my house ablaze and they will harm my family. There was a very big confusion. Then UNMIL came in and assisted me and arrested some of the fighters and took them to prison and later UNMIL decided that they were going to pay them some benefits at least to save the day and bring peace to Liberia.

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