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

Yes, thank you, Madam President. The Defence's next witness will be DCT-299. Madam President, I do have a preliminary application to make in respect of this witness, and the application is as follows: In a decision dated 27 May 2009, which is at CMS-782, your Honours provided certain protective measures to Defence witnesses and we submit that this witness is one of those who falls within that order. The relevant part of the order provides that those who were closely affiliated or associated with any of the warring factions in Liberia or Sierra Leone be afforded the protective measure of pseudonym. This is at page 13 of the decision I've referred to at (i).

Also in the decision your Honours indicated that - and this is at subparagraph (b) of page 14 - that the names or any other identifying information of these witnesses shall not be disclosed to the public or the media and this order shall remain in effect after the conclusion of the proceedings.

That means that as of today the witness is still afforded the protective measure of pseudonym and I can indicate to your Honours that having spoken to the witness during proofing sessions outside of Court the witness has indicated a willingness to testify openly using her true identity. Accordingly, I make the application that that protective measure of pseudonym be rescinded. Thank you.

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