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

  • Good morning. We will take appearances, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Brenda J Hollis, Mohamed A Bangura and our case manager, Maja Dimitrova.

  • [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.

  • Thank you. There are two preliminary matters that I would like to address the parties on. You will recall that on Monday the Chamber fixed some time frames for filing of certain matters, namely, the lists of documents that each party wishes to tender into evidence. The time frames were that the lists were to be filed by close of business on Friday, 19 February. The responses from the other side, if any, were to be filed by Wednesday, 24 February, that's close of business. What I omitted to say is that the replies or the - sorry, the objections were to be filed by Wednesday. Now, the response to the objections, if any, may be filed by the parties by the following Friday, 26 February, close of business. So that is one matter.

    Now, the other matter concerns the sitting schedule which, as you know, fluctuates from week to week because of the need to share this courtroom with another court. We have been reliably informed that there is slightly more time available for our court to sit as follows: Now, next week - starting next week, which is the 22nd - the week of 22 to 26 February, in that week we were scheduled to sit five afternoons. It now transpires that we can sit full days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; that is, we can sit both morning and afternoon, and this will be 23, 24 and 26 February. The Court will sit - will start sitting at 9.30 in the morning and will observe the normal full day sitting schedule. That's Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Now, the following week, starting 1 March, there we were scheduled not to sit on Monday and we would sit - we were scheduled to sit only mornings - four mornings that week. It now transpires that we can sit the whole of Monday, 1 March; the whole of Tuesday, 2 March; and then two mornings on Wednesday and Thursday following. We would not sit on Friday, and so we wish to make this adjustment: That is, in the week of the 1st to the 5th we shall sit a full day Monday, the normal schedule starting 9.30 in the morning; full day Tuesday; then Wednesday morning and Thursday morning; we will not be sitting on Friday, 5 March because the Court will be required for the usual technical maintenance.

  • Madam President, I think there is - the LiveNote reads that so far as next week is concerned we will be sitting full days Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the dates given for that are the 23rd, 24th and the 26th, which can't be right. I think it should be 24, 25 and 26.

  • Yes, you are absolutely right. I think my tongue ran away with me. It's 24, 25 and 26, which is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday respectively that we will be sitting full days. As for Monday and Tuesday previously, we will be sitting only mornings, starting 9 o'clock.

    Mr Taylor, you continue this morning with re-examination, and I remind you, as I normally do, of your declaration to tell the truth.

    Mr Griffiths, just wait, please. I wish to correct myself. It's just been drawn to my attention that next week we were scheduled to sit in the afternoons, so I will correct myself in this way: On Monday, 22 February, and Tuesday, 23 February, we will be sitting afternoons only starting at 3 o'clock in the afternoon up to 7.30. I really beg your pardon for that error.

    Mr Griffiths, please continue.