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

  • Yes, good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • May it please your Honours, good morning, Mr President, good morning your Honours, good morning counsel opposite. Your Honours, for the Prosecution this morning Ms Brenda Hollis, myself Mohamed A Bangura, Mr Alain Werner and Ms Maja Dimitrova. Thank you, your Honours.

  • Good morning Mr President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths and Ms Emily Mitchell who has been with us before.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Yes, thank you, Mr Griffiths. Well, I understand before we proceed there are some interpreters to be sworn. Is that correct?

  • That is correct, your Honour.

  • [Interpreters sworn]

  • All right, thank you. Now, Mr Bangura, you will be conducting the evidence of this next witness and I understand it is TF1-087, is that correct?

  • That is correct, your Honour. Your Honour, this is a witness who is covered by protective measures ordered by Trial Chamber I in a decision dated 5 July 2004. Your Honours, the witness under that decision is entitled to testify with a pseudonym and to do so behind a screen. Your Honours, the Prosecution having met with the witness prior to his testimony here today - his expected testimony here today - have indications from the witness that he does not wish to be - he wishes to testify openly and does not wish to testify using those measures that were ordered by the Court in 2004. Your Honours, to the extent that those measures are applicable to this witness, the Prosecution applies that they be rescinded so that the witness testifies openly before this chamber.

  • Thank you, Mr Bangura. Mr Griffiths, I take it you would not be opposing that application?

  • I am certainly not opposing that, Mr President, and you will of course be aware of the caveat that we have added to our acceptance of this change and subject to that of course the witness is free to give evidence freely.

  • Yes, thank you.

  • May it please your Honours, the witness will testify in Krio.

  • Yes, thank you, Mr Bangura. Well, we note the application by the Prosecution to rescind the protective measures and that application is not opposed by the Defence. However, in the light of a previous decision by this Trial Chamber which is currently under appeal, we hold that the application is redundant in any event and that the witness is not covered by any protective measures and we note the Defence position on this very same issue.

    Yes, you can call the witness, Mr Bangura.

  • Thank you, your Honour. Your Honour, just for clarification before I call the witness, based on the ruling your Honour has just delivered, in the event where the Prosecution does intend to call other witnesses who we deem to be covered by this decision and for whom we would be making - might wish to make applications for a recision, is it my understanding that we may not need to make such applications for recision if this application is considered redundant?

  • That is a matter entirely for you. If you wish to change your position - I thought you were the ones who appealed this decision of the Trial Chamber. I will leave it to you, Mr Bangura. It is up to you to adopt your own position on this issue.

  • Thank you, your Honour. Your Honour, may the witness 072 be called and that witness is James Kpumgbu.

  • Which number did you say?

  • Sorry, 087, your Honour. I have been dealing with different numbers this morning. James Kpumgbu, 087. For the record the spelling of the surname is K-P-U-M-G-B-U.