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

With your permission, Madam President, Mr Anyah, speaking for myself, and I'm not speaking for my colleagues but they might agree with what I have to say, when a chamber makes a finding that a witness is credible, in other words believable, it's not done in the air. It's done in particular circumstances.

Now the particular circumstances of this particular finding in the AFRC case were such that this witness had given us a set of circumstances, alluding to certain events that happened which events were never cross-examined, and those are the circumstances in which we found him credible and we believed his story relating to those circumstances.

We now have a different set of circumstances with this witness coming, wanting to adopt part of his prior testimony, but us having realised that we need to hear, as it were, him being different accused person. Now the story may completely change after that. I don't see how you can then say: Oh, the judges' minds are fixed because of a finding that they made in a prior trial where this particular witness was never cross-examined. Really I don't see how - I don't feel bound at all by my prior finding because it was a finding specific to a certain set of circumstances and I don't feel bound at all to abide by that in this case or this trial.

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