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, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning is the Prosecutor Stephen Rapp, Brenda J Hollis, Maja Dimitrova and myself Christopher Santora.

  • Thank you.

  • Good morning, Mr President. Firstly we welcome you to your new role and for the Defence today it's myself Courtenay Griffiths Queen's Counsel, my learned friends Mr Terry Munyard and Mr Morris Anyah. Can we also welcome Ms Jessica Feinstein who is a new intern with the Defence team.

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths. I was just about to say welcome to the Court, Ms Feinstein.

  • Mr President, whilst I am on my feet can I mention one other matter. It's a question of timing. On Friday the 30th of this month Mr Taylor has asked me to indicate that for personal reasons he will not be in attendance in Court. However, he is content for the proceedings to continue in his absence. So that is Friday, 30 January.

  • Yes. Well, that won't be any problem, Mr Griffiths. I will make a note that Mr Taylor won't be here on 30 January.

    Just before we begin, I just wanted to note for the record this is my rotational period again as Presiding Judge and I wanted to record my thanks to Justice Doherty for her hard work over the year and her patience and also the courtesy with which she has conducted the proceedings, I hope to be able to do the same.

    Before we begin, Mr Witness, I will just remind you, as you have been reminded many times before, you have taken an oath and you are bound by that oath still. Is that understood?

  • Yes, your Honour.