The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
[The accused not present]
[Upon commencing at 9.04 a.m.]
Good morning. We'll take appearances first, please.
Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours, and good morning, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Mohamed A Bangura, Nathan Quick, Jacqueline Greene, and myself, Nicholas Koumjian.
Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, and counsel opposite. For the Defence, myself, Silas Chekera, Logan Hambrick and Tor Krever.
Mr Chekera, I thought you'd address the Court on the absence of Mr Taylor.
Yes, Madam President. Thank you.
Mr Taylor will not be available for the morning session for reasons that are already on the public record - sorry, on the record.
Well, the Chamber has been informed this morning of the reasons for his absence and the fact that he has no objection to the trial proceeding in his absence, in your presence.
Indeed. Thank you.
So the trial will continue pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the rules.
Mr Koumjian, please - oh, let me remind Mr Sesay.
Good morning, Mr Sesay. I remind you, as I'm supposed to every morning, of the oath that you took to tell the truth. It's still binding on you today.
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