Good morning Mr President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Mohamed A Bangura, Christopher Santora, Maja Dimitrova and myself Brenda J Hollis. And, Mr President, just to bring to your attention, there are two quick matters the Prosecution would ask to address before the accused recommences his testimony.
That is correct, Mr President. Thank you. The first matter relates to additional jurisprudence regarding Defence counsel's contact with the accused during testimony. We simply want to provide it in the instance that your Honours are not aware of it. It is actually a Trial Chamber I decision which came from the CDF case. It's dated 16 February 2006 and it addresses this issue.
In that instance, the Trial Chamber exercised its discretion differently than your Honours. We do have copies of that decision should it be helpful to your Honours.
Yes, Mr President. It has come to the attention of the Prosecution that yesterday and Monday Defence counsel was apparently displaying something to the gallery on both occasions. It was of course not during court, I think it was before court commenced, but we have been informed that it was some type of message as well as a website address for an association in Liberia that, among other things, solicits money for the Defence of Charles Taylor. Now we would ask if the Defence would be able to show us what they were displaying to the gallery and if indeed it is in the form of some type of public relations message relating to the accused and a website, we would suggest that perhaps the dignity of the courtroom is better served if such displays are not made from the courtroom itself.
I can assure your Honours that there certainly is no exhibit that we are displaying to the public gallery which we failed to disclose to the Prosecution, so consequently I really don't see what the point is of this particular objection.
Well, frankly, Mr President, it's simply that. And it has been on the front of my folder since the trial began two years ago and I see no reason why I have to conceal it, because I see nowhere in the rules where it says I can't.
Mr Griffiths, we've discussed this. Frankly we don't see anything terribly harmful in it, but we would prefer that you don't do it because the situation could get out of hand. For instance if you are allowed to hold up signs to the public gallery, because obviously you believe your client is innocent, we couldn't stop the Prosecution from holding up similar signs to the opposite effect and it could get out of hand. That is why we say to you we would prefer you didn't deliberately hold it up, but of course we are well aware that it is on the front of your folder.