The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.33 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We'll take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Ms Brenda J Hollis, Ms Maja Dimitrova, and myself, Ms Kathryn Howarth.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence this morning, myself Terry Munyard, and Morris Anyah.

  • Good morning, Mr Witness.

  • Good morning, ma'am.

  • This morning we're going to commence with your cross-examination by the Prosecution and I'm just going to remind you of two things: Firstly, of your oath to tell the truth. That oath is still binding on you. Secondly, I'm going to remind you of the request to speak slowly for the sake of the transcribers, who are recording everything that you say. Please make an effort to speak slowly.

    Ms Howarth, I trust you are taking the cross-examination.

  • Yes, I am, your Honour.

  • Your Honour, before my learned friend starts her cross-examination, because I had not previously met this witness, I took steps through the court officers, through Madam Court Officer, to assure him that I was going to look after his interests this morning and thereafter in Mr Griffiths's absence on mission. And I know from my conversations with Madam Court Officer that the witness is somewhat uneasy about the prospect of having what is to him a total stranger looking after his interests. And I thought it right to raise that with the Court so that you yourselves are aware of his concerns in that regard before we commence.

  • Well, there's not much the judges can do about that. This is a matter totally between your team, the Defence team, the accused and the witness. But since you say you have assured him, that is noted.

    Ms Howarth, please continue.