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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.31 a.m.]

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

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Nicholas Koumjian, Maja Dimitrova and myself, Brenda J Hollis.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence this morning, Courtenay Griffiths QC and myself, Terry Munyard.

    Madam President, the Court will have noticed that Mr Taylor isn't present at the moment. For purely administrative reasons of which everybody is aware, he won't be in Court until after the mid-morning break, but he is quite content for the trial to proceed in his absence.

  • Thank you, Mr Munyard. The Trial Chamber is indeed aware of the reasons, and we are satisfied that the accused has waived his right to be present, and we are of the opinion that in the presence of his counsel the proceedings may proceed pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. So we proceed this morning with Mr Ngebeh's testimony in cross-examination.

    Mr Ngebeh, I remind you, as I normally do, of your oath to tell the truth. Ms Hollis, please continue.