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

  • Good morning. I apologise for the late start. It was due to matters beyond our control. We'll take appearances first, please.

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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.10 a.m.]

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning are myself Morris Anyah. I am joined by a legal assistant with our time, Mr Michael Herz, and we're also joined for the first time by a legal intern in our case Mr Tor Krever. Mr Krever is a third year law student at Harvard law school.

  • Mr Krever is most welcome to the Court. Good morning, Madam Witness. Mr Anyah is there something else?

  • I just wish to remind the Chamber of something that your Honours said last week and to seek your approval to continue with the current witness. Last week your Honours will recall indicating that the prior witness, DCT-190, might be recalled today to commence or to continue the cross-examination by the Prosecution. Given that we are still in the middle of the current witness's evidence, our proposal is that we continue with this witness's evidence until its completion and then your Honours might at your discretion recall DCT-190. Thank you.

  • Madam Prosecutor, are you agreeable to proceeding in that manner?

  • Very well then. That's how it will be. We'll complete the testimony of the current witness. It's always better to transpose as few witnesses as possible. And I think immediately after this witness's testimony we will recall DCT-190.

    Good morning, Madam Witness. This morning we'll continue with your testimony and I remind you as I normally do that you are under oath to tell the truth. Do you follow, ma'am?

  • Yes.