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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.05 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We'll take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours and counsel for the Defence. For the Prosecution this morning, Kathryn Howarth, Maja Dimitrova and myself, Nicholas Koumjian.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence this morning, myself, Terry Munyard, Silas Chekera, Logan Hambrick, and we are joined today by Kimberley Punt our legal assistant, and two new interns, Elizabeth Ashamu and Christabel Katembwe, both of whose names I've provided the spellings of already to the shorthand writer, so I don't need to spell them out at this stage.

  • Thank you, Mr Munyard, and the new Defence team is welcome to the Court. Mr Munyard, this morning we're prepared for the testimony of witness DCT-102. Please introduce the witness in terms of language, religion and protective measures, if any.

  • Madam President, I'm happy to do that. I wonder if you want to say something first of all about the absence of Justice Lussick.

  • I actually wasn't going to say anything because there's a formal order that was published on Friday that the Court would proceed today pursuant to Rule 16 in the absence of Justice Lussick.

  • Very well. It hadn't reached me, that's why I was taken a little by surprise.

    I will certainly introduce the next witness. His number is DCT-102. He, like all Defence witnesses, has the benefit of certain protective measures in relation to his identity stemming from your order of May of 2009. However, I'm going to invite the Court to lift those protective measures in relation to this witness as he is content to give evidence openly, to disclose his information and give evidence without any kind of protective measures.

    The language he speaks is English and we have arranged for a Liberian English interpreter to be available should the need arise. I have personally been able to understand this witness. Unlike many witnesses who speak Liberian English, to me at any rate his English is clear enough and I hope that we will be able to manage with English. It will certainly move things along more quickly if we don't have to use an interpreter. But if anybody has difficulty, then that facility is available. And he will swear an oath on the Bible.

  • Thank you, Mr Munyard. In view of your submissions, the protective measures formerly associated with this witness are lifted, I think except the protective measures that pertain after the proceedings.

  • So these are the only residual protective measures that will remain.

  • Please bring the witness in.