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

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

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

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.57 a.m.]

  • Thank you, Ms Hollis. Yes, Mr Griffiths.

  • Good morning, Mr President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today, myself Courtenay Griffiths, assisted by my learned friend Mr Morris Anyah and we're joined today by Ms Kathryn Hovington.

  • Thank you, Mr Griffiths.

    Well, just before we start, I'll place on record the fact that although this Court starts at 9.30 every morning, this morning we've been delayed and we haven't been able to start the Court until 9.57 and that is because, once more, we have been beset by technical problems. These problems today affect the internet, the server and LiveNote, and they've just been fixed.

    Now, Mr Taylor, I'll remind you, you're still bound by the declaration to tell the truth.

    Yes, please go ahead, Mr Griffiths.