[Break taken at 11.31 a.m.]
[Upon resuming at 12.05 p.m.]
[Trial Chamber conferred]
Obviously this is not a pleasant matter for the Chamber to be considering, or even talking about, but we're of the view that the circumstances are that the Dutch police happen to have this one team that is ready and available to escort the various accused persons that need to be brought out every morning from the detention centre, including Mr Taylor. Mr Taylor is not the only accused person that leaves the premises of the detention centre to come to court. There are other accused persons, and the authorities responsible have a schedule that they observe that is beyond the control of the Trial Chamber and that I think should be respected as well.
Now, in our view, unanimously, we do not think that what happened this morning, whereby the authorities requested Mr Taylor to wait for some 15 minutes - and I don't know whether he actually waited 15 minutes or less - that that was necessarily an unreasonable request given the circumstance that there was that one team ready to bring a number of accused persons.
Secondly, it is common knowledge that Mr Taylor is not the only accused person standing trial in the past few months and that these various accused persons have been transported in similar manner from the same detention centre together, perhaps in convoy in the same way. Now, this problem apparently arose only this morning. We've not heard a complaint in the recent past that this is now a constant problem for us to warrant this kind of order that you are asking us to make.
Now, I made an order in the morning to the Registrar asking the Registrar to ensure that this problem is resolved and that it does not impact the trial again. And this is what I expect to happen tomorrow. The matter is in the able hands of the Registrar in liaison with her counterpart in the ICC and probably the chief of detention of the detention centre and I think we'll just leave it at that and see what happens tomorrow.
Of course, we will expect Mr Taylor to respect the conditions of the detention centre and the transportation regimes unless they are so grossly inhumane in which case you would take it up then with the President of the Court or the Registrar. We do not think that in the premises these circumstances are so grossly inhumane as to cause alarm or to cause us to make order, and we will expect to see Mr Taylor here when the transportation allows. In the meantime, we will proceed with the trial pursuant to Rule 60(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
[At this point in the proceedings, a portion of the transcript, pages 40210 to 40216, was extracted and sealed under separate cover, as the proceeding was heard in private session.]
[Lunch break taken at 1.30 p.m.]
[Upon resuming at 2.32 p.m.]