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

At the time that area had been under the control of ULIMO on the left side of Liberia. We have just had elections. I was the first government official who travelled to this place and so even though the former fighters did not have arms in the town, they were not moving around with arms, there was nobody in authority, but I was the first government official who visited that area, so I was respected. All the check points from Monrovia, apart from ECOMOG check points, all the check points had been dismantled. There was no check point anywhere apart from the main road from Monrovia to Gbange because that was controlled by NPFL at that time. So, they still had the various check points in Gbange. In all these places I was respected and they all monitored and they heard when I was appointed Assistant Director for Operations. It was nationwide, so everybody respected me.

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