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. We will take appearances, please.

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

  • Yes, Mr Anyah.

  • Good morning, Mr President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning, Courtenay Griffiths QC, myself Morris Anyah. We are joined by our case manager Ms Salla Moilanen and an intern in our office, Mr Isaac Ip.

    Mr President, at some point this morning, whenever convenient to your Honours, I would like to make an application on behalf of the Defence.

  • This would be a convenient time, Mr Anyah.

  • Thank you, Mr President. This application relates to a motion that is soon to be filed by the Prosecution. Your Honours ordered the Prosecution to file a motion regarding its desire to use certain new materials during the cross-examination of Mr Taylor. Our response was ordered due next Monday, 23 November. Now, over the weekend, I wrote an email to your legal officer, Mr Simon Meisenberg, copying the Prosecution, advising them that we would be making this application in respect of that response that's due next week and the application is this:

    The current practice direction on the filing or dealing of documents in The Hague sub-office requires that responsive pleadings be limited to ten page in number. We would like to exceed that page limit to file a response that adds up to about 15 pages. We require showing of exceptional circumstances for that page increase. We point to your Honour the Presiding Judge's remarks last week regarding the importance of this pleading, regarding the need for thorough legal research and the inclusion of all relevant jurisprudence as forming the basis for the exceptional circumstances that warrant an oversized filing.

    Your Honours will recall that the Prosecution made a similar application last week on Thursday. The Defence did not oppose it and subsequently on Friday last your Honours issued an order indeed granting the Prosecution leave to file a brief or motion that totals up to 15 pages. So that's our application. I will respectfully ask for that, Mr President and your Honours.

  • Thank you, Mr Anyah. Ms Hollis, any response to that application?

  • Yes, Mr President. The Prosecution supports the application up to an extension to 15 pages.

  • Thank you. By consent, that application is granted, Mr Anyah.

  • Thank you, Mr President. We are grateful.

  • Thank you, Mr President. We have reviewed the situation and we have devised a means by which we can proceed at least for some time and on that basis we would like to proceed with the cross-examination, understanding the current position regarding any additional materials.

  • All right. Thank you.

    Mr Taylor, I remind you you are still bound by your declaration to tell the truth.