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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.33 a.m.]

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

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Brenda J Hollis, Mohamed A Bangura, Christopher Santora and we are joined by our case manager Maja Dimitrova.

  • Thank you.

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths, with me Mr Morris Anyah and Mr Terry Munyard of counsel.

  • Thank you. Well, I think we all know that the problems that beset the Court yesterday and prevented us from proceeding are still with us. Now, I understand the parties have gotten together and have agreed that the best way forward would be to adjourn for the day and give the technicians a chance to once and for all solve this problem and at the same time it would give the parties a chance to attend to other matters throughout the day without wasting time having to come back and forth to the Court for no useful purpose.

    Now, am I correct in coming to that conclusion of what the parties have discussed?

  • We are certainly ad idem on that point, Mr President.

  • That's correct, Mr President.

  • Well, the Court agrees that that's the best approach in the circumstances.

    Now, we are going to adjourn and we will reconvene again at 9.30 tomorrow morning.

    In the meantime, without going into any technicals details, the Trial Chamber is considering an alternative way of proceeding tomorrow using limited technology, if this problem is not solved. When and if that is possible, we will put it to the parties tomorrow to see if that interferes with the way they think their case can proceed.

    Now, also, we think it's appropriate because of the time lost for the Court to sit this Friday. We are not making any final order because we will give the parties a chance first to be heard, if they wish to be heard on that particular issue, and we will make an order tomorrow morning on that. So before we adjourn, is there anything further either the Prosecution or Defence wishes to put to the Court?

  • Nothing from the Prosecution, Mr President.

  • [Microphone not activated].

  • Thank you. This Court will adjourn then to 9.30 tomorrow morning.

  • [Whereupon the hearing adjourned at 9.36 a.m. to be reconvened on Thursday, 14 January 2010 at 9.30 a.m.]