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

  • Good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Christopher Santora, Brenda J Hollis and our case manager, Maja Dimitrova.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Thank you, Ms Hollis. Yes, Mr Anyah.

  • Good morning, Mr President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning is myself Morris Anyah and I am joined by Ms Haydee Dijkstal.

  • Thank you, Mr Anyah. We did get a message from the Defence that Mr Griffiths is not well today. What's the situation, Mr Anyah?

  • Thank you, Mr President. Mr Griffiths left me a telephone message this morning about 8.04 a.m. After listening to it, I called him. The substance of the message was that he was ill in the sense that he had a bad case of sore throat. I rang him, we did speak, and he did not sound well. He sounded as if his voice would not make it through the day, so to speak. And I told him that on his behalf and on behalf of our team I will be asking for a continuance - rather, an adjournment, if you will, for one day, from today until tomorrow.

    I understand that he communicated the same information to the Court Manager and I think the Prosecution is also aware of this. So, respectfully, I request a continuance of one day until tomorrow.

  • Thank you, Mr Anyah. What do you say, Ms Hollis, to that application?

  • We have no objection to that and we wish a speedy recovery to Mr Griffiths.

  • Yes. Mr Anyah, we are sorry to hear Mr Griffiths is ill and we certainly hope that it's nothing too serious, but in the circumstances we grant the application and we will adjourn now until 9.30 tomorrow morning.

  • Thank you, Mr President.

  • [Whereupon the hearing adjourned at 9.33 a.m. to be reconvened on Wednesday, 2 September 2009 at 9.30 a.m.]