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

  • Good morning. Good morning, Mr Santora.

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

  • Thank you. Good morning, Mr Munyard.

  • Good morning Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence are Courtenay Griffiths QC, myself Terry Munyard and Ms Amina Graham.

    Madam President, before we commence, yesterday Mr Townsend, who represents the Registrar in The Hague, spoke to us about timetable issues and I thought it might be helpful to give an indication to the Court as to how we see the timetable vis-a-vis the present witness. You will recall that he started in-chief first thing on Monday morning and he finished at about quarter past 4, almost on the point of closing the court day yesterday. That was in effect three full days.

    I anticipate that my cross-examination will be no less than the period of time taken in examination-in-chief and might even be more. I would be very surprised if it was less and I wouldn't be particularly surprised if it was more.

    I am raising that now this morning so that the Court and the parties can consider what is the most appropriate way to proceed with the cross-examination of this witness, bearing in mind we are not due to be sitting next week for reasons that we all understand.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Clearly, I will need to consult with my learned colleagues and I will do that during the mid-morning break. However, Ms Hollis, do you wish to comment?

  • Madam President, your Honours, it would certainly be the Prosecution's preference that we finish this witness before the break, so whatever that would involve that would be our preference.

  • Thank you. I will take the opportunity during the mid-morning adjournment to discuss this with my learned colleagues. In the meantime, if there are no other matters I will remind the witness of his oath.

    Mr Witness, good morning.

  • You will recall that you took the oath to tell the truth on Monday morning. That oath continues to be binding upon you and you must answer questions truthfully. Do you understand?