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

  • Good morning. I note some changes in appearances, Mr Werner.

  • Madam President, your Honours, good morning. For the Prosecution this morning: Brenda J Hollis, Nicholas Koumjian, Alain Werner and Maja Dimitrova.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Thank you, Mr Werner. Mr Munyard?

  • Good morning, Madam President and your Honours. This morning myself, Terry Munyard, and Morris Anyah. We are expecting Mr Griffiths and I know he is nearby. The difficulty is that as 9.30 approached my efforts to make further contact with him were defeated by the fact that you can't use mobile telephones within this area of the Court. I would have been outside of court when your Honours came in if I had actually tried any further to get in touch with him. I know he is physically very close to the building, if not in it, but he will not be able to robe because both Mr Anyah and I have keys to our robing room, which we have locked for security reasons, so it may well be that it is not until the mid-morning break that we are able to get him inside the courtroom in robes.

  • Very well, Mr Munyard. We are in the midst of evidence in any event, so the presentation of these exhibits, or proposed exhibits, will have to be deferred further.

  • Very well, your Honour.

  • If there are no other matters I will remind the witness of his oath and we will proceed. Mr Witness, you recall that you took the oath to tell the truth in this Court. That oath is still binding on you and you must answer questions truthfully. Do you understand?

  • Yes, I can remember, I can remember.

  • Thank you, Mr Witness. Mr Werner, please proceed.