Taylor's grand scheme
(Liberia), April 26, 2005
"[My] investigation has found that Taylor is spending some of the millions
of dollars he looted to pay for campaigns of several of Liberia's
presidential contenders," Farah disclosed.
According to Farah's article, "A Protected Friend of Terrorism" Mr.
Taylor's financial empire, built on shell companies and businesses
stretching from Nigeria to Europe and the Caribbean, is feeding resources
to his longtime business associates and military loyalists inside Liberia.
He revealed neither the identities of the companies and businesses nor the
longtime business and military loyalists in Liberia but noted: "He will
have the protection of whoever wins the October election. The new
government will then make sure Taylor can return home and never face the
court. Once he outlasts the court's mandate, he will have escaped
prosecution and will continue to wreak havoc." With the mandate of the
Freetown Special Court, funded largely by the U.S., due to expire by the
end of the year, Taylor is likely to escape justice, but Farah said things
do not have to turn out that way provided Washington acted appropriately.
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