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, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Brenda J Hollis, Mohamed A Bangura and Ruth Mary Hackler.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths, with me Mr Terry Munyard of counsel.

    Madam President, whilst I am on my feet, can I alert the Court to the real possibility that we may run into difficulties this week in this way: I have looked carefully at the issues I want to raise in re-examination and cut it down to the minimum. As a consequence I think my re-examination will conclude perhaps early tomorrow. Now, the difficulty arises in this way: Our first witness, and we've already served on the Prosecution in the court the details of that witness, will not be arriving in The Hague until this evening which creates a difficulty.

  • What difficulty is that?

  • Well, it creates this difficulty: That Mr Anyah, who will be taking that witness, will need an opportunity of speaking to the witness before the witness is called into court to give evidence and we anticipate that the earliest that will be possible will be on Monday. That's the difficulty, because we are not sitting on Friday of this week.

  • Why Monday? I don't understand. Why Monday? If the witness is arriving tomorrow and you're concluding your evidence tomorrow, why can't this witness start on Thursday?

  • Because Mr Anyah is of the view that he will need at least a couple of days to familiarise himself with the witness and the evidence the witness is to give. I mean, this situation may not come to pass, Madam President, but I am just alerting the Court to the real possibility that this situation may arise. It may well be that my re-examination will go into Thursday, I know not, but I thought it wise to alert the Court at the earliest stage of the possibility that this situation may arise.

  • Okay, I will say this much: You are obviously not applying for an adjournment at this stage.

  • No, I am not.

  • You are simply informing both the Court and the other side of a likely situation which I think we will cross that bridge when we come to it, but of course the Court is minded to expedite this trial. We have granted you an adjournment all of last week in the hope that there wouldn't be further delays in the trial. But we will see. We will see as we go along.

    Mr Taylor, as we continue this morning, I remind you of your declaration to tell the truth.