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. I will take appearances and then I have two preliminary matters to deal with. Mr Bangura.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours and counsel opposite. Your Honours, for the Prosecution this morning appearing are Ms Brenda Hollis, myself Mohamed A Bangura, Mr Christopher Santora and Ms Maja Dimitrova.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence this morning, Courtenay Griffiths QC and myself Terry Munyard.

  • Thank you, Mr Munyard. As I indicated when I came in there is two preliminary matters. Two of my learned colleagues have been invited to the swearing in of the new deputy Registrar and therefore we will change the time of our normal mid-morning break to accommodate them going to that swearing in. We will take the break from 10.15 until 11 o'clock. I hope this will not inconvenience Mr Taylor because I'm aware that quite often they are on a more rigid regime for the defendants.

  • Thank you, Madam President, but it's not likely to cause Mr Taylor any difficulties. He has just indicated to us he is content with that.

  • I am grateful. It's a one-off, let me put it that way. The other matter I want to refer to, it has been brought to my attention that there has been some public comment on my absence last week and that it was stated that none of the parties, the Prosecution and the Defence, raised any issue because of my absence, but nobody knew where I was.

    I actually did make a public statement that I would be absent attending meetings and a conference, but it has been drawn to my attention by one of my learned colleagues that that unfortunately was whilst we were still in private session on 7 October and so what I said and Mr Munyard's comments concerning procedural matters were not on public record. That and some other procedural matters which preceded my statement are recorded as being in private session and I will therefore ensure that all of those procedural matters are put on public record, rather than private, to ensure transparency. I can assure you I was not on a frolic of my own.

    If there are no other matters I will remind the witness of his oath. Mr Witness, I hope you are feeling better today and that you slept well. I wish to remind you that yesterday you took the oath to tell the truth. That oath is still binding upon you and you must answer questions truthfully. Do you understand? Witness did you understand what I said?

  • Yes, I understand all what you said.

  • Thank you. Please proceed, Mr Bangura.