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'll take appearances, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Brenda J Hollis, Mohamed A Bangura, Christopher Santora and our case manager, Maja Dimitrova.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths, with me Mr Morris Anyah and Mr Terry Munyard of counsel.

    Madam President, whilst I am on my feet can I make this inquiry? Obviously we need to sort out the logistics of whatever witnesses we will be calling once the evidence of Mr Taylor is concluded, and it's difficult to estimate that time factor without having some idea of how long the cross-examination of the defendant will last. So I don't know whether my learned friend is in a position to give us an indication as to how much longer she is likely to be which would then assist us in timetabling our witness requirements.

  • Ms Hollis, I think that's a reasonable inquiry, if you are able to respond.

  • Indeed, Madam President, we have been reviewing the areas that we wish to cross-examine. I am not in a position this morning to give an estimate and I would emphasise it would be an estimate just as the Defence estimate was an estimate, but I should be able to do that, give a more informed estimate to the Court and the Defence, Thursday morning, if I would be allowed to do that.

  • Thank you, Ms Hollis. I think that may help the Defence hopefully.

  • That would be most helpful.

  • Before I remind Mr Taylor, I have a preliminary announcement to make regarding the sitting hours tomorrow. As you might have learnt, the ICC is swearing in two new judges tomorrow and the judges of the Special Court have been requested kindly to attend the ceremony tomorrow morning and so we've decided we are going to take an early morning break at twenty minutes past 10 in the morning in order to be downstairs in the courtroom where the ceremony will take place in time. We will then resume our normal sitting at 12 noon. So those will be our sitting hours tomorrow. We will break at 20 past 10 in the morning and resume at 12.

    Now, Mr Taylor, I remind you, as we normally do, that you have taken a declaration to tell the truth.