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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.02 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We will start with the appearances, please.

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

    Before we break today, after we finish with the Defence appearances, et cetera, I do have a small matter to bring up.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours and counsel opposite for the Defence. Myself, Silas Chekera and Ms Logan Hambrick, my Lord.

  • Yes, of course, I note that Mr Griffiths is not here but, basically, I would like to hear from the Defence what has happened.

  • Yes, Madam President, thank you.

    For reasons that we have already put on the record, namely, that lead counsel Mr Griffiths is indisposed, we regret that we are unable to proceed with the trial today, and we would seek an adjournment to the 26th of this month.

  • Mr Chekera, I think it's important for us, on the public record, to show or to confirm that Mr Griffiths is indisposed, by reason of ill health, okay, and that he is unable to be in court today because of that reason.

  • Yes, Madam President.

  • And I trust that he will take advantage of the hiatus, namely, the recess, the one week recess that we have, to recuperate.

  • However, we are also of the view that the trial needs to move forward after the summer recess, that is, on the 26th. And if for any reason lead counsel is not able to be back on that date, we would like the Defence to have a contingency plan, whereby either another counsel will take over the examination-in-chief of the current witness, or you will be able to interpose another witness. Either way, the trial must continue on the 26th. This is the view of the judges.

  • Yes, Madam President.

  • And, of course, we do wish Mr Griffiths a speedy recovery.

    Mr Koumjian, you had a matter to raise.

  • Yes, your Honours. Knowing that the break is - this is the last day before the break, I wanted to inform the Court that we received a phone call last night, and we anticipate that witnesses or a witness for the Prosecution reopening will be requesting a change of date. The request would still be within the date of the Defence case. And, in fact, I would expect certainly it will be within the testimony, in fact, before the testimony is in fact completed of the current witness.

    Reasons were given, but it was explained to the representatives that this is a decision for your Honours and they were encouraged to make a communication to your Honours as soon as possible. So I would expect you would be receiving that, hopefully, today. And I just wanted everyone, since I know some plans are being made, to be made aware of that.

  • Mr Koumjian, we've noted your submissions and we appreciate the information that you have passed on to everybody in the court. However, in the interest of a smooth trial, and in the interests of keeping everybody properly informed, you reckon that this information might well come when, you know, the day is through and next week, of course, is where everybody is on recess. Now, when this information does come through, what the Court would require is for the Prosecution to then sort the court order of your witnesses and to officially and formally inform the Court and the side opposite of exactly when these witnesses are going to be called.

    It's in everybody's interest that we are certain of how we're going to proceed after the recess, and that would be my request and directive to the Prosecution.

    The Court is adjourned to Monday, the 26th of July 2010, after the recess. Thank you.

  • [Whereupon the hearing adjourned at 9.08 a.m. to be reconvened on Monday, 26 July 2010 at 9.00 a.m.]