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

  • Good morning. Mr Koumjian, appearances.

  • Good morning, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Brenda J Hollis, Maja Dimitrova and myself Nicholas Koumjian.

  • Thank you. Mr Griffiths, good morning.

  • [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 and my learned friends Mr Terry Munyard, Mr Morris Anyah and we are also joined by Silas Chekera.

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths. Before I remind the witness of his oath and we proceed with the cross-examination, may I just take the opportunity to remind counsel and the parties that tomorrow and Friday the judges are meeting in plenary and the Court will not be sitting. I think this was circulated quite a few weeks ago, but I remind you. If there are no other matters I will remind the witness of his oath.

  • Can I remind everyone that we are supposed to be in private session. I am still continuing with topics which may well identify the witness.

  • Yes. Let me just check the status, because that statement of mine should have been in open session as there may be monitors, et cetera, present. Madam Court Officer?

  • Your Honour, we are in open session presently.

  • Very well. I will therefore remind the witness of his oath, we will continue in private session and I will invite Mr Griffiths to proceed with his cross-examination.

    Mr Witness, I again remind you this morning that you are still under oath, the oath continues to be binding on you and you must answer questions truthfully. Do you understand?