12.00 a.m. – Day 33 of the Trial – Testimony Aruna Gbona is concluded, Prosecution Witness Foday Lansana is called to the stand

At 9.30 the Prosecution continued the examination of Witness Aruna Gbona, who was asked to elaborate on his testimony of yesterday. Gbona testified about the treatment of civilians who were forced to work for the RUF and about the killing of more than 50 people, including his brother, by the RUF in Kailahun. The Defense did not have any questions for this Witness.

Subsequently, the Prosecution called Prosecution Witness TF1-275 (Insider) Foday Lansana to the stand to testify in open session. Prosecutor Christopher Santora questioned him regarding his background and how he came to Monrovia as a radio operator for the NPFL. Lansana recounted a meeting that took place in the radio room where he was doing his work as a radio operator. Charles Taylor was meeting with members of his Special Forces, including Domingo and Mustapha Jallow. At the end of the meeting Charles Taylor said that he would inform the world that Sierra Leone had been used as a base to kill his people.

At 11.30 a.m. the Court adjourned until 12.00 a.m. when the Prosecution will continue the examination.


  1. Indeed, Charles Taylor did make the pronouncement that “….. he will make Sierra Leone to taste the bitterness of war…..”. True to his word, he made sure that happened and, we Sierra Leoneans tasted “the bitterness of war”.

    Charles Taylor’s defense team must keep this decisive statement of their client and not try to pervert justice for the crimes and sexual abuse committed against us.

    We are following this case and watching keenly!!!!!!! What is good for Peter MUST be good for Paul.

  2. Alfred,
    so far the radio operator has said only that Mr. Taylor said “he would inform the world on how Sierra Leoneans had been killing his people.” Wait to you hear the rest of the testimony before you draw conclusions.

  3. Alfred and Others,
    I personally admire the manner in which the trial process is going on and think the process should be given a chance. Hasty generalizations will do us no good. I too imagine how hurt you are about what happened in your country. But, I think we all should let the process sail in an orderly manner. I trust that justice will certainly take its course in this matter and others of similar nature. Let’s allow the legal forces to interact and determine the end. In Economics, the market forces interact to determine the market price of commodities and so it is with justice. Justice is not determined by emotions, but by logical exchange of points among the legal players.

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