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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.07 a.m.]

  • Good morning. We'll take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, opposing counsel. This morning for the Prosecution, Mohamed A Bangura, Maja Dimitrova and Brenda J Hollis.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning are myself, Morris Anyah, and Mr Michael Herz.

  • Now, before we begin the day's proceedings, I have an inquiry to make of the Defence. The Chamber received a general email yesterday indicating that the current witness would be the last witness that the Defence calls, if I'm not mistaken in interpreting that email.

    Now, my question is this: There is a pending motion, that is motion 1039, that is the Defence motion for disclosure of statement and Prosecution payments made to DCT-097, wherein, in paragraph 21, the Defence indicates its intention to call DCT-097.

    Now, this paragraph would seem to be inconsistent with the latest email that the Chamber received, and therefore we wish to know the status generally of this motion, because we do not wish to expend meager resources on work that is ultimately not very useful. Are you able to address the Chamber on the status of that motion?

  • Yes, to some extent at this point, but probably more comprehensively after the break, the reason being I would like to briefly consult with Mr Griffiths. I did speak with him yesterday, and one matter that is clear is that we will not be calling that particular witness, DCT-097, to give testimonial evidence before the Court. But another matter that is also clear to me is that Mr Griffiths's email was not intended to suggest that after the current witness we would immediately close the Defence's case. I think at an appropriate time that issue will be addressed by Mr Griffiths.

  • Well, we never took it that way. We simply took the email as saying that the last of the oral testimony would be this witness.

  • Yes, your Honour.

  • We never read anything else into it.

  • Yes. I appreciate that. I am not suggesting that had your Honours did. I merely mention it, to the extent of this: That motion pertains to a request for documents, and so I need to speak to Mr Griffiths just to ascertain whether there is an intention to pursue that motion further, because even if we do not call that particular witness, to the extent documents result from that motion, further applications may be forthcoming. But like I said, by 11.30 I will have a more definitive answer for your Honours.

  • Very well. We appreciate that, Mr Anyah, and we will await further briefing after the morning break.

    Good morning, Mr Witness. This morning we continue with your testimony in cross-examination by the Prosecution side. And, in the same way, I still remind you of the solemn declaration you took to tell the truth that is still binding on you this morning.

    Ms Hollis, please continue.

  • Yes, your Honour.

  • Thank you, Madam President, and thank you your Honours for the time you gave us yesterday to prepare.