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In Exile, Taylor Exerts Control

Liberian Ex-President Exercises Influence From Nigeria. From a luxury villa in the coastal Nigerian city of Calabar, Taylor is still trying to run Liberia, staying in close touch with his former colleagues in government and the military, according to Western and Liberian officials. The officials have accused him at news conferences and in interviews of violating stipulations of his asylum agreement: that he not travel, give interviews without the government’s permission, participate in Liberian politics or receive visitors from Liberia. They say Taylor controls the government’s army, keeping in cell phone contact with commanders, and receives ministers. He is also accused of collecting millions of dollars in kickbacks from Liberia’s black market cell phone, fuel and generator businesses. Full Story

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