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Issa Sesay implicates Taylor Govt.

Issa Sesay implicates Taylor Govt.

Former RUF rebel leader, Issa Sesay on Friday told judges of the Special Court that the Sierra Leone rebels got huge quantity of ammunition from some Liberian Military Commanders in 1998 without the knowledge of the accused, former Liberian President, Charles Taylor. But the prosecution said under the legal doctrine of joint criminal enterprise, Mr. Taylor is being held not only for his own individual criminal responsibility, but for the criminal actions of those who associated with him.

The prosecution accused Mr. Charles Taylor of supplying the arms and ammunition used by the RUF to capture the Sierra Leone diamond town of Kono in 1998.

War crime convict, Issa Sesay also testified that the RUF rebels bought huge quantity of ammunition from former Liberian Presidential Special Security Director, Benjamin Yeaten.

Mr. Sesay told the court that the arms deal took place between the top Liberian Security personnel and the RUF without Mr. Charles Taylor’s knowledge.

Defence witness, Issa Sesay also denied that the RUF combatants were involved in the January 6, 1999 invasion of the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown.

But Defence Lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths replayed a prosecution tape which had indicated to the Judges that the Spokesman of the Freetown invaders was called Colonel Sesay.

Having listened to the prosecution evidence, Mr. Griffiths asked Defence witness, Issa Sesay about the spokesman of the January 6, 1999 Freetown invaders, and the alleged involvement of the RUF.

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