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. I note some changes in appearances. Mr Santora?

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel. Your Honours, for the Prosecution this morning is Brenda Hollis, Nicholas Koumjian, Julia Baly, Shyamala Alagendra and myself Christopher Santora.

  • Thank you, Mr Santora. For the Defence?

  • Good morning, your Honours, Madam President. For the Defence Courtenay Griffiths QC and we welcome him back to the Chamber, Mr Terry Munyard, myself Morris Anyah and we have with us Silas Chekera from the Office of the Principal Defender.

  • Thank you, Mr Anyah. We will indeed welcome Mr Chekera and Mr Griffiths back.

    Before I ask if there are preliminary matters and remind the witness of his oath I have the following - the Bench has noted the call list that the witness to follow the present witness TF1-275 was listed as witness TF1-362, however we now understand that he will be followed by witness TF1-399 who is the subject of a motion for protective measures, motion number 385. That motion will be denied and reasons will be published.

    If there's any other preliminary matters? No. I will therefore remind the witness of his oath.

    Mr Witness, I remind you again as I've done on previous mornings that you have taken the solemn declaration to tell the truth and that is still binding on you, you must answer truthfully. Do you understand?

  • Yes.