You will have noted that it essentially corroborates the account I gave to the Court yesterday. However, Madam President, on behalf of Mr Taylor I would like to express our total dissatisfaction with the account given by Mr Backman because it fails to address why it was found necessary to take this most unprecedented step of strip searching the detainees including Mr Taylor.
In light of our dissatisfaction with the memo provided by Mr Backman we suggest two proposals: Firstly that the Court orders the Registrar who has responsibility for the welfare of Mr Taylor to conduct a full enquiry and report back to this Court and also to Ray Cardinal, head of security in Freetown, as to why it was found necessary to conduct a strip search of Mr Taylor and whether it is proposed to make such a search a regular feature of his custody whilst in the unit.
Secondly we would suggest that this Court orders the Registrar to conduct regular inspections of Mr Taylor's prison records for two primary reasons: Firstly to see if on the face of such records there is any intelligence or reports suggesting his involvement in illegal activities such as having in his possession prohibited items which under the regulations of the ICC can be the only justification for a strip search. I am aware of that because I met with David Hooper yesterday, counsel for Mr Katanga, who had had an opportunity of examining the statutory and other provisions of the ICC and under those provisions a detainee can only be searched if there is evidence that that detainee has in his possession prohibited items. It seems to us that, given the Registrar's responsibility for the welfare of Mr Taylor, that the Registrar should undertake such inspections to see whether or not there can be any justification for any future repetition of such searches.
Secondly, we submit that such inspections of Mr Taylor's prison records will provide and inform the Registrar's continuing responsibility to keep under constant review the conditions of detention of Mr Taylor, because we submit, your Honours, that it behoves this Court to adopt these measures because unnecessary and unjustified behaviour by custody officers has the capacity to affect the smooth and efficient progress of these proceedings as we learnt to our cost yesterday, with the financial implications which are important which come as a result of that. So, we submit that it is a matter which the Court should take seriously and we submit that the proposals that we have put forward would go some way to preventing a repetition of what occurred yesterday with the consequent waste of time.
In conclusion, can I inform the Court that we are in touch with counsel for the other detainees in the facility and we hope collectively to address a number of issues regarding the conditions of detentions in that unit which we submit, given the nationality of the five detainees currently in that facility, does not properly take account of their cultural differences and needs and consequently collectively we are hoping to address some of those issues with the ICC itself.