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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Good morning. Appearances for the Prosecution, Mr Bangura?

  • Morning, Madam President. Morning, your Honours. For the Prosecution this morning Brenda J Hollis, myself Mohamed A Bangura and Maja Dimitrova. Thank you, your Honour.

  • Thank you. Mr Anyah?

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. For the Defence we have Mr Terry Munyard, myself Morris Anyah and Mr Ibrahim Warne.

  • Thank you. Yes, Mr Bangura?

  • Your Honours, the Prosecution wishes to raise a matter to do with the ruling on the application that was made yesterday and the Prosecution had indicated before we sat this morning that we would wish the witness to be out of the courtroom when we further discuss this issue. I don't know what your Lordships' position would be on this?

  • Is it possible to indicate a reason why that is required?

  • Your Honours, because this is a matter which was discussed yesterday in the absence of the witness and it relates to security concerns of the witness and we deem it fit that if any further discussions are to be held on this matter they should be held in the absence of the witness.

  • Mr Anyah, have you any comment on the application?

  • I am yet to know the substance of it, so I will defer to the Chamber as I must.

  • Your Honours, in effect we are asking for a private session and with the absence of the witness.

  • Yes, we understand that, but you said it's to do with the ruling yesterday. You are not going behind that ruling, are you?

  • Not really, but, your Honour, the position is that a point was raised in the argument which was not addressed in the ruling and that is a matter that I wish to address this morning.

  • Madam Court Attendant, first of all would you please assist the witness to leave the Court and, secondly, go into private session.

    Mr Witness, we are again going to discuss a legal matter and we will do it when you are out of Court. You will be brought back soon after and we will continue with your evidence.

  • [At this point in the proceedings, a portion of the transcript, pages 7286 to 7288, was extracted and sealed under separate cover, as the proceeding was heard in private session.]

  • [Open session]

  • Your Honour, we are in open session.

  • [In the presence of the witness]

  • I will just remind the witness of the oath and then we will - let the curtains be opened just to ensure that we are in session.

    First, for those members of the public who may not have understood what was happening because I spoke after we went into private session, we were dealing with a procedural matter relating to security and it was held in camera. We are now proceeding with the cross-examination of the witness and I remind the witness of his oath as I have reminded you before, Mr Witness, that you have sworn to tell the truth and that is binding upon you.

  • Yes, Madam.

  • Please proceed, Mr Anyah.