Monrovia, December 4, 2008 (TRC): A contradictory Michael Davies alias “Sundaygar Dearboy” has finally admitted to fighting for Charles Taylor’s defunct NPFL but denied accusations of atrocities.
The popular musician who was accused by several witnesses testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia of gross human right violations, including murder, rape, torture, arson and looting, admitted commanding a band of rebels in the towns of Garduo and Deso in Grand Bassa County but said he was not knowledgeable of any rights abuses committed against civilians.
“Garduo Town was controlled by frontline fighters. I do not remember being there ordering fighters to rape, kill and burn houses. I was puzzled,” Mr. Davies said Thursday when he testified at the ongoing public hearings of the TRC at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
He also denied encountering any of the witnesses that testified before the TRC when he served as a fighter of the NPFL.
Responding to a question from a commissioner, Mr. Davies confirmed carrying a gun and discharging it during his days with the NPFL, contradicting previous statement that he was not assigned a weapon.
“I did not do any such things as alleged by my accusers. However, it is possible that those things could have happened but not with my involvement.”
However, expressing penitence for his role in the rebel movement, “Sundaygar Dearboy” said: “The past is what no one is in control of. No one is reading my mind except God. But I want to say if I hurt anyone during the war, I am sorry, very, very sorry from the depth of my heart. I am sorry for whatever role I played during the revolution.”
He said he did not involve himself in combat to commit war crimes. “I regret being a part of the NPFL. While it is true I was part of the revolution, I did not killed. I did not do those things I am accused of,” he said.
Under the theme: “Understanding the Conflict Through its Principal Events and Actors,” the ongoing hearings are addressing the root causes of the conflict, including its military and political dimensions.
The hearings are focused on events between 1979 and 2003 and the national and external actors that helped to shape those events.
The TRC was agreed upon in the August 2003 peace agreement and created by the TRC Act of 2005. The TRC was established to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation,” and at the same time make it possible to hold perpetrators accountable for gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and October 2003.