The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.04 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, your Honours, Madam President, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Kathryn Howarth, Maja Dimitrova and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence this morning myself, Terry Munyard, Silas Chekera, Logan Hambrick and we are joined again by our intern Alexandra Popov.

    Madam President, while I'm on my feet can I make the obvious point that Mr Taylor isn't here. There's been some mix-up over transport this morning, we expect him by 9.30 and we've had a message from him to the effect that he's content for the Court to proceed in his absence.

  • Very well. Thank you, Mr Munyard. The proceedings will proceed in Mr Taylor's absence pursuant to Rule 60.

    Also, as a preliminary point, I'd just like to observe that Justice Doherty is not with us in court. As indicated on Monday, the Chamber has issued a Rule 16 decision which should be published any minute now, today, but just orally to say that the proceedings will proceed in the absence of Justice Doherty pursuant to Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

    Now, Mr Kolleh, good morning.

  • We are going to continue with your evidence this morning and I'm required to remind you of the oath that you took on Monday to tell the truth, that oath is still binding on you today.

  • Yes.