LIBERIA. Monrovia. September 2008. John T. Richardson, confident of ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor. Richardson was a key member of the National Patriotic Front for Liberia, the rebel group that launched the civil war in Liberia in 1989. The NPFL was never able to take Monrovia militarily, but controlled 95% of the country in an area that Taylor called 'Greater Liberia'. After the eleciton of Charles Taylor as president Richardson served as minister of Finance, and later as head of the National Security Agency. He remained a close friend to Taylor during his exile in Calabar, Nigeria and his trial at The Hague on war crimes.