Yes I do, Madam President. I have spoken with Mr Taylor and this is what I know: Mr Taylor indicates that there is a room adjacent to his cell at the ICC detention centre. He has had that adjacent room for the past three years or however long he's been at the detention centre. That adjacent room contains all his private documents, in particular his legal papers pertaining to this case. Over the last year he has noticed that from time to time it appears that someone goes into that room unbeknownst to him. The frequency of that occurrence has increased over the last year and this week he decided to turn up the heating in the room and after doing so on the following day, being yesterday, he came into the room and found out that the heating had been turned down and that the room was very cold.
This morning he confronted whom he identified as a principal officer at the detention centre. I am told the principal officer is below the chief custodial officer and the deputy chief custodial officer. That principal officer admitted to him after Mr Taylor inquired about the room that on Monday last, the 25th, the chief custodial officer as well as the deputy chief custodial officer and the principal officer went into that room. They did so in the absence of Mr Taylor and the apparent purpose was as was indicated by Mr Townsend; something to the effect that they were looking to ascertain the volume of material in the room, perhaps for purposes of the allocation of space.
Mr Taylor found that very disturbing and in our view rightfully so because the practice thus far at that detention centre has been that at the time such an inspection occurs the detainee is present. They may not necessarily always give prior notice of these impromptu inspections, if you will, but at the time of the occurrence when they are carried out the detainee is usually present. In this case at the time of the inspection on the 25th Mr Taylor was not present and post the inspection, subsequent to it, he was not advised of it until he inquired.
Now, Mr Taylor has since the course of this morning been undertaking an exercise to ascertain what if any materials are missing from the room. He does believe that materials have been looked into and/or are missing. He is just not sure of what has, if you will, been inspected. So he has spent this morning going through his materials. He doesn't know the extent of the breach and he tells me that it will take perhaps almost a week to go through the over one million documents. I am not sure if it's documents or pages, but the material is in excess of a million pages that he has in the room.
Regarding your Honour's primary concern at this point or as indicated previously whether or not there is the possibility of proceeding today he advises me that he can be here during the afternoon session at 2.30 p.m. In fact he is dressed, ready and willing and able to come to court. He is just very disturbed at this turn of events. The information in that room extends beyond materials in this case and include his private personal papers. Your Honours can imagine what those might be, his religious materials and the like and personal thoughts. So this is a very serious matter.
So, in the totality of the circumstances, I make another application on behalf of Mr Taylor, which is that the proceedings be adjourned until 2.30 p.m. this afternoon. I have informally advised Mr Townsend that transport might be needed at that time. That's my first application.
My second application would be that your Honours order the Registry to undertake an investigation of this matter to ascertain what was done on Monday in that room by these detention centre officers and when the investigation is completed there might be further applications coming from the Defence.
The last point of which I can alert the Court to is Mr Griffiths's absence. We have not been able to reach Mr Griffiths. Mr Munyard has tried repeatedly and there is a measure of concern on our part that we have not been able to do so. We are considering sending someone to his flat to ascertain his whereabouts. That's what I know, Madam President.