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

  • Good morning. For those of you who weren't present and heard Justice Sebutinde's announcement yesterday afternoon I should explain that in accordance with the practice that has been the practice of this Court since its inception the presidency of the trial chambers rotates once a year. Justice Sebutinde's term has just completed, mine starts again for another year and I wish particularly to thank Justice Sebutinde for her hard and patient work in the year that has passed and I look forward to working with you. Thank you.

    I note that appearances are as before. Mr Cayley is present for the Defence. If there are no other matters, Dr Ellis, I will remind you that - there was a request by a photographer, I've just been reminded, to take photographs in the Trial Chamber. The photographer was to be present 15 minutes before we entered. I don't see anybody that I don't know

  • Your Honour, the photographer hasn't showed up and we've checked with the Press and Public Affairs Office and we've had no response, so they've probably had a change of mind or heart. Thank you.

  • That saves us a bit of trouble. Mr Munyard, you were on your feet.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Thank you, Madam President. I am not going to read anything in to the absence of the photographer. May I, on behalf of all the advocates, welcome you in your new year as Presiding Judge and again to endorse your remarks about the way in which Justice Sebutinde patiently and carefully has conducted her presidency in the time that we've been before the Court.

  • I'm very grateful for that support, Mr Munyard. Thank you. I will just remind Dr Ellis of his oath.

    Dr Ellis, as I was saying, you recall that you took the oath to tell the truth. The oath is still binding upon you and you are to continue to answer truthfully.