Good morning. Before we begin with the trial I'd like to apologise for the court starting 10 minutes late. This was due to security downstairs insisting on checking everything that came in and we had quite a lot to bring inside. We apologise and we hope that this will not happen again because we intend to start at 9 o'clock promptly every day.
Secondly, there was a request by a news reporter from Reuters and the request is for permission to take photographs at the beginning of this hearing. I thereby wish to issue this oral order granting the request.
Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone considering the request of the Press and Public Affairs Office of the Special Court for Sierra Leone for a pool photographer to enter the courtroom in order to take photographs before the hearing today, Monday 7 January 2008, considering further that Mr Michael Koreen from Reuters news agency has been accredited to cover the court proceedings in this trial and that his agency fully accepts the conditions governing the taking of photographs of court sessions and undertakes to share all photographs so taken with the Special Court and the international press, pursuant to Rule 81(D) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence we order as follows:
That Mr Michael Koreen of Reuters is authorised to be present in the courtroom today, that he be allocated a position in the courtroom 15 minutes before the start of the court proceedings, and I hope that this is the case. He is granted permission to photograph from the inside of the courtroom immediately - for a period of one minute immediately after I've delivered this order. He is to ensure that the dignity of the proceedings is preserved and that, as the only photographer that will access the courtroom, he makes available the photographs taken to the press in Sierra Leone and the international press and that he supplies the Press and Public Affairs Office of the Special Court with all the pictures taken for internal use.
I will pause for a minute to permit this gentleman ---
I will now call upon Court Management to present the interpreters that must be sworn before the evidence begins. I beg your pardon. Let's have the appearances first. The Prosecution, please.