5:00 – Cross-examination continued in open session

4:01 (4:31 with the video/audio delay) Court is back in open session.

Presiding Judge Doherty thanks the witness for his patience and says the cause of the private session had nothing to do with him.

Defense Counsel Terry Munyard continues with his cross-examination of Isaac Mongor:

Def: You told us earlier that you had never been shown anyone’s witness statement or had another statement read to you, earlier today, I think it was?

Wit: They did not read a statement to me to say this is a person’s statement.

Def: [references document] Is that your interview on October 1, 2006?

Wit: Yes.

Def: I’m going to ask you to look at the second point in that interview. Collot reviewed with Mongor another witness’s statement for corroboration. So you were shown another witness’s statement, weren’t you?

Pros: It does not say he was shown.

Def: It says this other witness’s statement were reviewed with you. So it was read, or parts of it, were read to you?

Wit: Nobody said they were reading a witness statement to me. I can’t recall that – that they made clear to me that this was one of our witnesses and this is what he said.

Def: The notes from this interview that lasted three hours are only on three pages. So I suggest a lot of time was spent reviewing that witness statement with you. Does that jog your memory?

Wit: I don’t think that is how the prosecution operates – that they would take somebody else’s statement and read it to you.

Def: Was the statement reviewed with you? Did the interviewer ask you to confirm anything he was putting to you from another witness statement summary?

Wit: I can’t recall that.

Def: You can’t recall, or you don’t know what I mean?

Wit: I understand what you’re saying, but I can’t recall them doing the thing you are talking about.

Def: The statement in question is 14 pages, densely typed. It’s a summary of multiple statements from that witness. Do you know what corroboration means?

Wit: No.

Def: It means for you to confirm and support what was in that other witness’s statement that was being reviewed with you.

Wit: No.

Def: Something was read to you for confirmation?

Wit: I don’t know what you are talking about.

Def: You said a moment ago that the prosecution don’t ask you to comment on other people’s statements. Here it says “Collot reviewed with you another witness’s statement for corroboration.” He discussed with you another witness’s statement, didn’t he?

Wit: I don’t remember that.

Def: [references another document] You see where it says Friday, September 29, 2006?

Wit: Yes.

Def: So you were interviewed on Sunday the first of October for three hours, but it doesn’t appear you were given money on that day for either transport, meals or lost wages. Did you get paid every time you went to see them?

Wit: Any time I went to see them, they gave me money.

Def: So there should be a receipt for the first of October? Did you get the money on the same day each time, after each interview?

Wit: Yes.

Def: And the fact that it’s a Sunday doesn’t make any difference to you getting paid?

Wit: No.

Def: I want to ask about something else. When do you say you got driven out of Sierra Leone when you were fighting with the RUF. You invade in March 1991. You’re in Koindu. How long are you in Sierra Leone from March 1991 until you’re driven over the border?

Pros: I don’t recall the witness saying he was driven over the border.

Def: That may be correct. You told us you were pushed almost to the Liberian border by Captain Strasser’s National Provisional Ruling Council?

Wit: Yes, in 1993 they pushed us to the border.

Def: Over the border?

Wit: We did not cross over.

Def: Were you ever with any RUF group that was pushed out of Sierra Leone in 1991?

Wit: They did not push us from Sierra Leone in 1991.

Def: You remained in Sierra Leone from March 1991 until you were almost pushed out of the country in when, 1993?

Wit: It was not early 1993.

Def: What was the nearest town or village?

Wit: I was in the jungle.

Def: Which part of the Sierra Leonean border were you pushed to?

Wit: When the men came, they passed and went towards the border. I took a bypass and went to my own village, Kangama, and we set up a defense there.

Def: What district?

Wit: Kailahun district.

Def: You were near the border with Liberia?

Wit: Yes, you can even walk.

Def: Which Liberian county is on the other side of the border?

Wit: Lofa County.

Def: What was happening in Lofa County at the time you were pushed close to the border?

Wit: That was the time that ULIMO occupied Lofa County.

Def: What was the attitude of the RUF toward ULIMO at that time?

Wit: At that time, the ULIMO were considered enemies to us.

Def: By that time, the NPFL were all expelled from Sierra Leone, weren’t they?

Wit: They had recalled some of the NPFL to go back to Liberia – those causing trouble.

Def: I suggest that the order of senior NPFL officers in mid-1992 was that all NPFL were to withdraw from Sierra Leone.

Wit: Yes, they withdrew them.

Def: There were serious problems between the NPFL and RUF in 1992?

Wit: It was not a serious problem.

Def: In late 1992, were you still in touch with anyone in the NPFL?

Wit: Inside 1992, yes, I was personally in touch. At that time I was acting as acting battlegroup commander.

Def: With whom were you in touch in mid-late 1992 in the NPFL?

Wit: At the time I was acting as battlegroup commander.

Def: Who was it you were in touch with in the NPFL and when were you in touch with them from mid to late 1992?

Wit: I was in touch with Mr. Taylor. And I used to give him updates of activities that were going on and the things we needed at the battlefront.

Def: How were you in touch with Mr. Taylor?

Wit: I got in touch with him over the field radio, because we had a field radio. He sent an operator who was with us on that particular radio.

Def: You say you were communicating directly with Taylor while you were in the field?

Wit: I spoke to him at the time I was acting battlegroup commander. I communicated with him myself.

Def: How often while you were in the field?

Wit: It was just once that I did that, when I was acting battlegroup commander.

Def: Were you in the field?

Wit: Yes, at the time I was acting battlegroup commander.

Def: When in mid-late 1992 was this?

Wit: I can’t give you a specific date now. It happened a long time ago. I can’t give you a specific date, but I did that before I handed over office.

Court is now adjourning for the day. Proceedings will resume tomorrow morning at 9:30, 10:00 with the video/audio delay.