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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.02 a.m.]

  • Good morning. Before the proceedings commence, I'm given to understand that there is a photographer that has been permitted to take photographs for one minute, so I will let that photographer do his job.

    Very well. We will now take appearances, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, opposing counsel. Appearing this morning for the Prosecution, Joseph Kamara, Nicholas Koumjian, Mohamed A Bangura, Kathryn Howarth, Ruth Mary Hackler, Ula Nathai-Lutchman, Nathan Quick and myself, Brenda J Hollis. The Prosecution is also joined this morning by Maja Dimitrova, our case manager, Sir Desmond de Silva QC legal consultant, Sigall Horovitz legal consultant, and our interns, Imogen Parmar, Jacqueline Greene, Gordon Brandt, Gil Shefer and Lena Sokolic.

  • Thank you, Ms Hollis. Mr Griffiths?

  • Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths; with me Mr Terry Munyard, Mr Morris Anyah and Mr Silas Chekera of counsel. We are also joined by other members of the team today, our legal assistants Logan Hambrick, Fatiah Balfas, Simon Chapman, Kathryn Hovington, Michael Herz and Isaac Ip; and also our case manager Salla Moilanen and our administrator James Kamara.

  • Madam President, your Honours, with the leave of the Court, I'm here to represent Ms Naomi Campbell this morning, my name is Ken Macdonald. Thank you.

  • Mr Macdonald, you're welcome to the Court. Now, Ms Hollis, are you taking charge of the next witness?

  • That is correct, Madam President.

  • Please call your - or first tell the Court who your next witness will be, the language she will testify in and the religion.

  • Madam President, the next witness will be Naomi Campbell. She will testify in English, and I will have to ask the Registry as to which religion, because I do not know. I haven't spoken with the witness.

  • Your Honour, we have been informed that Ms Campbell will be swearing on the Bible.

  • Please call the witness in. I certainly hope Ms Campbell is not being conveyed from her hotel. Where is she?

  • Madam President, the Prosecution has not met with the witness but it was our understanding that she was here in a witness room waiting to come into court.

  • May it please the Trial Chamber, Gregory Townsend appearing for the Registrar. My understanding is that she arrived at a quarter to nine, your Honour. It will just be a moment, your Honour, before she's brought in from the witness waiting area. We apologise for the delay. We understand that she will be here in a minute.