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

This is what I am going to say in relation to this discovery that we have made: First of all, we are shocked that proceedings can take place in court in whatever language the interpretation happens as it happens by people we trust the Court appointed knowing that they are capable of interpreting accurately. Two years down the road someone quietly determines to change the interpretation because they know better and actually publishes it as a correction of the official record. The Trial Chamber is the trier of fact. We do not recognise these additions and changes that are done behind the scenes. These changes rob the parties of an opportunity to comment on what was heard in court and frankly, I am shocked that this has been going on. I do not know how long this has been going on, but it's not good and it's not right. It is illegal; let me call it what it actually is. It is illegal for anyone, I don't care if it's the chief of languages, to change the official transcript outside of the court sitting, and I hope it doesn't happen again.

We do not recognise it and we will go by the official record in this case.

Mr Chekera, please continue.

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