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

  • Good morning. I note a change of appearance on the Prosecution side, Mr Werner.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. For the Prosecution this morning, Brenda J Hollis, Nicholas Koumjian, Alain Werner and Maja Dimitrova.

  • Thank you. Mr Munyard.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. On the Defence side there's myself Terry Munyard and Morris Anyah.

    Can I start by apologising to the Court and also to my learned friend Ms Hollis. Yesterday I was meant to tell the Court that Mr Griffiths was unable to return to court today to deal with the outstanding issues in relation to matters that were placed before the Court for information and I'm terribly sorry. Because of the pace at which things went yesterday, a lot quicker than we thought, I was suddenly in court concentrating on other matters and it simply slipped by mind and I didn't tell you. He will be here on Monday. So I'm afraid we're not going to be able to deal with those matters today and I do apologise.

  • I thank you for that, Mr Munyard. Ms Hollis, you have heard what Mr Munyard has told you. I'm not sure if you are here solely for that purpose of tendering or --

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.30 a.m.]

  • Not solely for that purpose, Madam President, and we have heard what Defence counsel said about that and short of moving forward without Mr Griffiths then of course that matter must wait until his return.

  • Thank you. I will put my bundle aside and if there's no other matters I will remind the witness of his oath.

    Mr Witness, you recall that you have promised to tell the truth yesterday. That oath is still binding on you and you must continue to answer truthfully. Do you understand?

  • Yes, I heard you.