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

It is related to the Indictment, your Honour, because the Prosecution will show that there was a campaign of terror carried out in these districts and, because these diamonds were on the surface, Mr Smillie testified earlier that when he was living just after university in Koidu there were over 50,000 illicit diggers picking up diamonds. It is very relevant to understand why people that wished to exploit the diamonds would then terrorise a population to understand where these diamonds can be found in Sierra Leone and how they are spread out from the kimberlite pipe.

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