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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

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

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Mohamed A Bangura, Christopher Santora, Maja Dimitrova and myself Brenda J Hollis.

  • Good morning, your Honours, Mr President, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths assisted by my learned friends Mr Morris Anyah and Cllr Supuwood. Whilst I am on my feet, Mr President, can I raise a very short matter.

  • It's merely this: We appreciate that we are now moving a lot faster than we anticipated and I hope the Court will be pleased to hear that. We will slow down when we get to the critical time period because of the weight of documentation we will have to deal with at that stage. But one consequence of us moving faster is the timing of disclosure of exhibits and that two-week time frame, so that sadly we have now reached a point where we may well reach exhibits for which the Prosecution have not had their allotted two weeks notice.

    Now, because of the logistical problems that this raises, what we've decided to do is this: We will serve on the Prosecution by close of play today all exhibits on the current exhibits list. They will be served today and they will also be served in chronological order, which is essentially the order in which we will be using them, so that they will be by date and year in that order so that the Prosecution can essentially appreciate the way in which we will be moving through those documents.

    Now, we've circulated to all concerned an email outlining what we propose to do and we do hope, frankly, that, with a degree of flexibility by all parties, we may be able to approach that two-week disclosure period with some kind of indulgence for the Defence which allows the trial to proceed without any major adjournments or I hiccups.

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths. I have noted those and we do have a copy of that email you referred to as well.

    Mr Taylor, I remind you that you are still bound by your declaration that you have taken to tell the truth. Go ahead, Mr Griffiths.