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  • Good morning. Mr Santora?

  • Good morning, Madam President, good morning your Honours, good morning counsel. For the Prosecution this morning is Brenda Hollis, Alain Werner, Maja Dimitrova and myself, Christopher Santora.

  • Thank you, Mr Santora. Mr Griffiths?

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today are myself, Courtenay Griffiths, and my learned friend Mr Morris Anyah.

  • Thank you. Now I see there is no witness on the stand, Mr Santora.

  • That is correct, Madam President. Before calling the next witness the Prosecution would like to make an application regarding this witness's protective measures. The next witness that is scheduled to testify will be the 45th witness which is currently TF1-459. The witness - after consultation with this witness he has expressed his willingness to testify openly. This witness is currently covered on the three separate decisions of 23 May 2003. These were prejoinder decisions in the three cases of the Prosecutor versus Issa Sesay, Prosecutor versus Morris Kallon and Prosecutor versus Augustine Gbao.

    Pursuant to this Chamber's ruling on Tuesday, when the Chamber found two to one that certain provisions of that decision apply in that case to that particular witness, this witness is in the same situation and so the Prosecution is applying that provisions B, C and E be lifted for this particular witness. Those provisions are identical in all three of these prejoinder decisions from the 23 May 2003 decision and that is Trial Chamber I.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • As before, Mr Santora, you have referred to our previous decision. We note your light is still on, Mr Griffiths, but I understood you agreed with the application.

  • As always we welcome such.

  • Yes, that's fine.

  • Madam President, if it please your Honours, this matter that was ruled on by the Chamber on I recall Tuesday we may very well say might be the subject of subsequent pleadings before your Honours. That being the case, although we agree and welcome the invitation for rescission, we do not waive our rights to challenge the substantive issue that your Honours would recall was the subject of a majority decision of the Chamber.

  • I do recall the reservation you made at the time and I was going to merely restate that by the same majority, for the same reasons and with the same reservation mentioned by Defence we grant the rescission of the protective measures that apply to TF1-459. This is without prejudice to what you have already said, Mr Anyah, on Tuesday. So those protective measures are now rescinded, Mr Santora, on the same terms.

  • Thank you, Madam President.

  • Justice Sebutinde dissenting.

  • Thank you. And the witness will be testifying in English and will be swearing in, but not - without the Bible. Just swearing in and taking the oath pursuant to Rule 90.

  • Yes, Madam President. So at this point the Prosecution would like to call TF1-459, which I will now call Emmanuel Bull.