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

Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths, with me Mr Morris Anyah of counsel. Also with us today is our case manager Mrs Salla Moilanen and also our legal assistant Mr Simon Chapman, who has been with us before.

Mr President, whilst I am on my feet can I address the issues - the first four issues raised by my learned friend yesterday afternoon prior to the commencement of her cross-examination.

So far as request number one is concerned, an order setting time for the Defence to provide lists of primary and secondary witnesses, we believe that we will be in a position to provide all parties with such information by the commencement of the recess, that being 11 December.

Now, in terms of the remaining three requests made by the Prosecution, can I preface what I have to say about those by, in turn, making this request: It would be of assistance to us, given that the three requests we are about to discuss are all time specific - it would be helpful if we were given an indication - and I appreciate how difficul it is to estimate these things - as to how long cross-examination of the defendant will take. Because on my calculation, we have some four weeks until the Christmas recess, and we need to factor in some time to deal with the 301 documents which have been marked for identification and also time for re-examination of the witness.

Now, the last thing that we would want to do is to be in a position where we have brought a witness all the way from West Africa to this Court, who then has to be sent back to West Africa over the four-week Christmas recess, to be brought back again in the new year. So that if it is the case that the cross-examination of this witness, combined with re-examination, and also dealing with the various documents marked for identification will take us into 2010, then it would help us a great deal to know if that indeed will be the case, because then we can plan to bring our first witnesses here in January, as opposed to bringing someone here for some time before the recess, and that person has to be sent back over the Christmas period. So you can see the practical difficulty that poses.

So if we could be given an indication, then I see no difficulty in dealing with the other three requests made by my learned friend yesterday afternoon.

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