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. Good morning, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Brenda J Hollis, Kathryn Howarth, Maja Dimitrova and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

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

    Madam President, as your Honours will recall, the reasons why Mr Taylor is not present in Court today we have stated yesterday, and we just reiterate it for purposes of the record.

  • Thank you, Mr Anyah. I do recall the application that you made on behalf of Mr Taylor yesterday requesting that the trial proceeds in his absence today, as he will be observing an important religious holiday.

    Now, the Prosecution having indicated that they have no objection to that mode of procedure and the Court being satisfied that the accused has waived his right to be present today and that he is duly represented by counsel, I order that the trial does proceed pursuant to Rule 60B of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

    Now, Mr Vincent, good morning.

  • Yes, good morning.

  • [Microphone not activated] today under cross-examination, and just to remind you of your oath that you took to tell the truth. You are still bound by that oath today.

  • Mr Koumjian, please proceed.