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. Appearances, please.

  • Good morning, your Honours, Mr President, and counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Christopher Santora, Maja Dimitrova and myself Nicholas Koumjian.

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

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths. Mr Taylor, I remind you that you are still bound by your oath.

  • Your Honour, if I could just first explain to the Court the Prosecution situation. Ms Hollis is again ill. I will try, if your Honours would like, to continue the cross-examination. I have to say I have not had time to really organise on the matters of topics, and the Prosecution does not want to prejudice the future and say, well, we covered the topic when I really didn't have the transcript pages and really organise all of our material. I am certainly willing to try to continue until I reach the point where I do not have relevant questions.

    Your Honours, the other issue is again we are ready to proceed today, but the Prosecution position is that the motion regarding the use of documents is critical for us to continue and present an effective cross-examination. So we would be requesting - of course your Honours know this - but a resolution as soon as possible, and we do want to inform your Honours that we feel that our cross-examination will be much more effective, and it's very difficult for us to go on now without that motion decided. Thank you.

  • Just so we are clear on that, Mr Koumjian, you are not applying for any adjournment at the moment; is that correct?

  • No, your Honours. We certainly don't oppose it if your Honours believe that would work better to resolve the motion so we can resolve, but if your Honours wish to proceed with evidence today, I am prepared to go as long as I can keep coming up with what I hope are relevant questions.

  • Well, we will go ahead, Mr Koumjian.