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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.03 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We'll start with the appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Brenda J Hollis, Mohamed A Bangura, Maja Dimitrova and Nicolas Koumjian.

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

  • Mr Griffiths, I see Mr Taylor is not behind you. If I could have on the record your submissions on that issue.

  • Madam President, as occurred last Tuesday, Mr Taylor is not present. We as counsel are appraised of the situation and he has provided that the proceedings can continue in his absence.

  • Thank you. The Court is satisfied - we are aware of the reasons why Mr Taylor is momentarily absent. The Court is satisfied that the accused has waived his right temporarily to be present. Accordingly, the trial may proceed in the presence of his counsel pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

    Before I remind the witness of his oath, I just want to consult the parties. I have been reliably informed that the courtroom is available for our use for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in a normal schedule instead of the afternoon schedules that were initially availed to us. That's Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, full days, normal schedule. Now, I want to hear from the Defence your views. This will entail an adjustment of course in the schedule.

  • I appreciate that, Madam President, and I also understand the reason why the courtroom has become available, because Mr Justice Fulford is unable to return from the United Kingdom so the Lubanga trial cannot continue. Now I'm unable to take instructions from Mr Taylor on the matter, but for my part I see no reason why we cannot sit a full day. I don't know whether the Prosecution's view differs, but as far as we're concerned, I can see no difficulty, subject in due course to obtaining direct instructions from Mr Taylor.

  • Fair enough. Mr Koumjian or Ms Hollis, what are your views, either of you, please?

  • Full days is our - we have no problem with that.

  • Then subject to the availability of the accused, I will give further directions on this issue in the course of the day.

    Good morning, Mr Fayia. You continue with your testimony this morning and I remind you, as I normally do, that you are bound by your oath to tell the truth. Mr Koumjian, please proceed.