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

  • Good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours and counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Nicholas Koumjian, myself Mohamed A Bangura, Kathryn Howarth and Maja Dimitrova. Thank you, your Honours.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.34 a.m.]

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning are myself Morris Anyah and Mr Michael Herz.

    Madam President, your Honours will notice the absence of Mr Taylor from the courtroom today. It is for the same reasons that he was absent last week and he will be joining the proceedings at 12 noon.

    While I am on my feet, at a time convenient for your Honours I would like to raise an administrative issue vis-a-vis how long the Prosecution might continue with the cross-examination of the current witness, but I will wait for an appropriate time for your Honours.

  • First of all, is it okay to presume that the accused has given his consent for the proceedings to continue in his absence?

  • That is the case, Madam President, yes.

  • Yes. The Trial Chamber is aware of the reasons why the accused is absent and we are satisfied that the proceedings may proceed in his absence in the presence of Defence counsel pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

    Now, as relates to the inquiry made by Defence counsel, Mr Bangura, are you able to say how long you will take for this cross-examination, or to estimate?

  • Your Honour, I anticipate that I may be on for the rest of the day today. It will be difficult to say whether I might go on until tomorrow. I will be able to make that decision by about the lunch break.

  • Perhaps you could revisit your response at the end of the day.

  • We appreciate the indication. I merely raise the issue because it allows us to know whether we need to have another witness present at the courthouse at a particular time. So we will wait for further indications from counsel opposite this afternoon. Thank you.

  • Okay. Now, Mr George, good morning.

  • Good morning, Madam President.

  • We are continuing with your testimony and I remind you as I normally do of your oath to tell the truth, which oath binds you still today. Now please remember to speak slowly, as I always remind you to speak slowly so that the interpreters and the transcribers can keep up with you.