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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 8.59 a.m.]

  • Good morning. Mr Griffiths, if you could sit I would like to bring a certain administrative matter to the notice of the parties. As you all probably know, the ICC has scheduled a function next Thursday, 17 January, for the solemn undertaking of their newly elected judges to the ICC. Now, we have received a request from the ICC administration that they would like to use the public gallery of our court that morning, the morning of 17 January, starting right from the morning through to the lunch break of one o'clock, and so they have kindly asked us to adjourn the proceedings just for that morning and to be able to resume in the afternoon.

    We have accepted in a spirit of support really and co-operation that we would do that. However, this poses a little difficulty for us, because to us the proceedings - these proceedings - are important and of paramount importance and we would have lost three-and-a-half hours that morning which we intend to make up.

    Now, our own suggestion is that we then sit a full day for the subsequent two Fridays. Let me just find the dates. That would be the Friday 18th and Friday 25th, which would give us four hours sitting instead of the three-and-a-half. I do not know if you have any objections, but this is the proposal from the bench in order to make up for lost time.

    Madam Prosecutor?

  • We have no objection, your Honour.

  • We have no objection, your Honour.

  • Thank you very much for your co-operation. I will of course be announcing as we go along reminding you that the sitting hours have been - that sitting times have been so adjusted.

    So we continue this morning with the witness in the stand, and I think, Mr Griffiths, you were cross-examining this witness yesterday.

  • Your Honour, yes.