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Charles Taylor Had Crowned German Ambassador
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The former German Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Karl Prinz, who was declared persona non grata during the NPRC Government years was not expelled out of the country because he was outspoken on the human rights abuses of the NPRC Regime. That is a myth. Rather, as is clearly stated in the book by the former American Ambassador, John L. Hirsch, who was US ambassador to Sierra Leone from 1995 to 1998, Karl Prinz, was expelled from Sierra Leone because of his undiplomatic conduct to the extent of him cavorting with the then NPFL Liberian rebel leader Charles Taylor in the jungles of Liberias Gbarnga.

"Council ousted Ambassador Karl Prinz in early 1995 for meeting with Charles Taylor," the former American Ambassador writes in his book published in 2001 with title, "Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy".

At Gbarnga, Karl Prinz secretly visited the now-indicted Charles Taylor when Taylor was still a warlord loathed by Sierra Leoneans. During Karl Prinzs secret visit to Liberias jungles, he was given lots of as-yet-undisclosed gifts/emoluments and then he was crowned as a Paramount Chief by Charles Taylor.

Following his collection of his emoluments from Charles Taylor in the rebel heartland, Karl Prinz sneaked back into Sierra Leone without saying a word to the then NPRC Government that he had travelled into the NPFL Rebel heartland. It was only after a German magazine published photographs of the secret visit that Sierra Leoneans came to know about it thus sparking outrage that a sitting diplomat had been cavorting with the then-sworn enemy of Sierra Leone. At that time, Taylor had not yet won elections in Liberia and he had issued a threat to Sierra Leone which he had fulfilled; an intent to make Sierra Leone taste the bitterness of war.

Karl Prinz and his media handlers have loved to indict the NPRC claiming that his expulsion was due to him speaking out against the excesses of the NPRC. However, Dr. Abass Bundu, the NPRC Foreign Minister at the time, had back then issued a succinct Press Statement which had clearly explained why Karl Prinz was being expelled from Sierra Leone. It was because he secretly travelled to Liberia to wine, dine and dance with Charles Taylor in the deep heartlands of the NPFL held Gbarnga jungle.


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