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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.33 a.m.]

  • As you can all see, I am not Justice Julia Sebutinde. What has happened this morning is that Justice Sebutinde is temporarily unavailable. The remaining judges have been satisfied that it's in the interest of justice for the trial to continue in her absence. She should be back on the Bench after the morning adjournment. In the meantime, we will continue with the trial, and we have so ordered formally by filing a Rule 16 decision.

    Now, firstly, we will take appearances, please.

  • Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Ms Brenda J Hollis, Mr Mohamed A Bangura, Ms Maja Dimitrova, myself, Ms Kathryn Howarth.

  • Thank you. Yes, Mr Chekera.

  • Good morning, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence, Terry Munyard, Morris Anyah, Silas Chekera, Simon Chapman and Hawi Alot.

  • Mr Witness, you are going to be asked some more questions by Ms Howarth for the Prosecution. You remember that you have taken an oath to tell the truth, and I simply remind you that you are still bound by that oath to tell the truth. Go ahead, please, Ms Howarth.

  • I am most grateful. Before I do start, I wonder if the arm of the projector could again be put down. I'm afraid it's quite in my line of sight.