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

  • Good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours and counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Kathryn Howarth, Maja Dimitrova and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.06 a.m.]

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence, myself Silas Chekera, Logan Hambrick, Fatiah Balfas and Tor Krever.

  • You would have noted, Madam President, that Mr Griffiths is not in attendance for reasons I cannot go into in public session. I would like us to go into private session to update the Court.

  • Very well. Madam Court Manager, please arrange a private session.

  • [At this point in the proceedings, a portion of the transcript, pages 44524 to 44525, was extracted and sealed under separate cover, as the proceeding was heard in private session.]

  • [Open session]

  • Your Honours, we are in open session.

  • Right. We have heard from the Defence side that lead counsel, who has conduct of the current witness, is indisposed this morning and unable to come to court. Counsel who is in court doesn't have much information, but is on his way to find out more information and so we are going to adjourn until 11.30, by which time we hope to be apprised of the situation. Court adjourned until then.

  • [Break taken at 9.13 a.m.]

  • [Upon resuming at 11.30 a.m.]

  • [The accused not present]

  • Mr Chekera, I note of course that Mr Taylor is not here. Is that deliberate?

  • Yes, Madam President, I was going to address the Chamber on that.

  • Okay. Please go ahead.

  • Just that Ms Fatiah Balfas is no longer with the Defence team. Mr Taylor also is not in attendance. He has waived his right to be present for the present proceedings. You will also note that the witness is not in attendance, and we are advised that for logistical reasons both Mr Taylor and the witness had to be shuttled back to the detention centre at the same time.

  • Are you saying they went back in the same car?

  • I'm not aware of the details but I'm sure it was not in the same car but synchronised at the same time for security reasons, I understand.

  • Let me take the Prosecution appearances again, please.

  • Good morning again, Madam President and your Honours. Kathryn Howarth has left us for the Prosecution. At this hearing, Maja Dimitrova and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • Mr Chekera, we are here basically to hear from the Defence as to the latest regarding lead counsel's ability to be with us.

  • Again I would ask that we go into private session for reasons that I cannot go into in public session.

  • Very well. Madam Court Manager, please arrange a private session.

  • [At this point in the proceedings, a portion of the transcript, pages 44528 to 44529, was extracted and sealed under separate cover, as the proceeding was heard in private session.]

  • [Open session]

  • Your Honours, we are in open session.

  • We've heard the reasons and, in summary, the trial cannot continue for the rest of today due to the fact that lead counsel, who has conduct or carriage of the current witness, is indisposed and unable to come to court the rest of today. He has given an indication that he hopes he will be able to come in tomorrow morning, in which case we can proceed with the trial. But, in the event that he is too ill to continue tomorrow, we have noted the fact that, in any event, tomorrow is half a day's sitting and, at the close of the day, the recess - the one-week recess is going to commence, and that should give him time to recuperate; but in the meantime, we are requesting the Defence to have a contingency plan after the recess; if for any reason Mr Griffiths is not available after the recess, the short recess, then you should have a plan to have a witness to interpose, and I hope that that is what you will do in the interests of carrying this trial forward.

    So the Court is adjourned to tomorrow at 9 o'clock.

  • [Whereupon the hearing adjourned at 11.40 a.m. to be reconvened on Friday, 16 July 2010 at 9.00 a.m.]