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

The figures that I put in the report, there are three sets of figures. There were the figures from the US geological survey, which indicate that between 100 and 150,000 carats were being mined a year. The second set of columns were figures provided by the Liberian government, which are similar in nature, slightly higher in some cases, and only for the years that I have shown. There were no official exports during the war. And then the third set of columns is the figures from Belgian customs authorities showing what had been imported into Belgium. I think generally speaking geologists and diamond people knowledgeable about Liberia will tell you that the lower figures, 150/200,000 carats per annum, are fairly typical.

Keyboard shortcuts

j previous speech k next speech