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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.16 a.m.]

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

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours and counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Mohamed A Bangura, Maja Dimitrova, we are joined by our intern Gordon Brandt, and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours and counsel opposite. For the Defence, Silas Chekera, Logan Hambrick and Tor Krever.

  • All right. First of all, I wish to apologise for rising early yesterday. As you all know, we had to rise early because the court was thrown into total darkness and this was due to a technical problem that arose. I understand somebody in the electricity room pushed the wrong button and set us all in pitch darkness. I want to thank you for your cooperation yesterday in rising from the court in a decent way, albeit in darkness. And today we apologise for starting late because we had problems with the server. Fortunately, I think we haven't lost any data as a result of these technical problems and I hope that we won't have any more problems for the rest of the day.

    However, I'd like to remind the parties that on Friday, 20 August, we have been requested not to sit because the technicians want to service the court. We don't have much choice and we've agreed that we will not sit on Friday, 20 August.

    Good morning, Mr Sesay. We continue with your testimony in cross-examination, and I remind you, as I normally do, of the binding oath that you took to tell the truth.