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

We had been told in a previous visit with the United States ambassador to Liberia that the US Under Secretary of State for Africa, Thomas Pickering, had met with Taylor on July, 17th and told - and he had told Mr Taylor that he had seen evidence that Mr Taylor was trafficking in stolen diamonds. We raised this issue and Mr Taylor said that this was blatantly untrue. It was not clear to me whether it was blatantly untrue that he was trafficking in diamonds, or untrue that this is what had been raised by Mr Pickering.

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