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.]

  • Good morning. We'll take appearances, please.

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, and counsel opposite. Mr President, this morning for the Prosecution are myself, Mohamed A Bangura, Mr Christopher Santora and our case manager, Ms Maja Dimitrova. Thank you.

  • Thank you, Mr Bangura.

    Yes, Mr Griffiths.

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself, Courtenay Griffiths, assisted by Mr Morris Anyah and Mr Terry Munyard, and with us again today is Mr Liam Loughlin.

    Mr President, can I say for the record that it's at my request that we are starting a few minutes late this morning. I communicated that request through the Court officers, and can I express my gratitude to the Court for that indulgence.

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths.

    Mr Taylor, just before you are asked any further questions, I will remind you that you're bound by your declaration to tell the truth.