Madam President, before I call the next witness who is DCT-172, could I address a couple of preliminary matters, please.
Firstly, that the witness will give evidence in open session. The language is Krio, but there's one other administrative matter regarding his welfare which I would like to raise at this stage and it's this: Hitherto every witness called by either the Prosecution or the Defence has been provided with culturally appropriate food by the WVS whilst that witness is at Court. Mr Sesay is a detainee, DCT-172, and as such, those responsible for his security are currently refusing to allow him to receive food whilst at court from WVS.
Now, to an extent I can understand the reluctance to allow food to be brought in for Mr Sesay at the detention facility, and understandably Mr Sesay is having difficulty dealing with the food provided to him where he is currently being housed, a facility designed for individuals from a completely different cultural background. I mention this in court because I've been engaged with WVS in seeking to resolve this issue but, given my other responsibilities, I would like to hand over the responsibility of resolving this issue to the Principal Defender who is present in The Hague.
I therefore seek two indications from your Honours: Firstly, an observation publicly made that your Honours see no security issues with WVS providing food to the witness whilst the witness is at court, because I presume that it is accepted by this Court that WVS can be trusted in that regard. And the second application is that the Principal Defender be allowed to see the witness during the luncheon adjournment in order to investigate and hopefully resolve the issue.
Now, this we regard as a rather serious matter, your Honours, because the diet could impact on the witness's health and consequently his ability to concentrate and, frankly, last the course of what is quite a lengthy court day. So that is the request I make.