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

Indeed, your Honours. I spoke yesterday at great length with various representatives of the Dutch transport and support service, what's known by the Dutch acronym DV&O, about the two objections that Mr Taylor has to particular procedures of his high security or maximum security transport. Now, this is a gratis service provided to the Special Court by the government of the Netherlands and the Special Court is obliged to rely on the DV&O for the transport of Mr Taylor to and from the court. Now, depending on a recent risk assessment from another entity of the Department of Justice, DV&O upgraded Mr Taylor's security transport to a maximum level and on approximately 12 August this information was conveyed to the ICC and then subsequently to Mr Taylor and the court representatives.

Now this risk assessment was increased based on grounded and material security concerns, the details of which I'm not at liberty to discuss in open court. This reinstitution of maximum level security was not singled out for Mr Taylor, but one other ICC detainee has been placed under that regime effective also yesterday and one ICTY detainee is under the same regime presently as well.

Now this - it's the Registry's understanding that this change in security is not attributable to any alleged misconduct by Mr Taylor while in custody, but rather this is just reflective of a change in security situation on the ground.

In the report, which I'll submit to the parties and the Trial Chamber, the DV&O outlined several standard operating procedures, some of which they've been able to exempt Mr Taylor from, but the two to which the Defence object they say are not subject to negotiation and they are security related concerns. Some of these relate to tactical and operational aspects of the high or maximum security transport.

To date there has been no complaint from Mr Taylor under rule 59 of the rules of detention, namely that procedure as mentioned by the Court on 18 July 2008 that obliges a detainee if having a complaint against detention - and it's our submission that transport relates to detention - that that complaint would be first properly lodged with Mr Ray Cardinal, the chief of detention in Freetown. If the detainee sought a remedy against that it would go to the Registrar and that could be appealed next to the President, as opposed to bringing such a complaint directly to the Trial Chamber.

As I mentioned, we have both yesterday and today's absence from court forms. Yesterday we also viewed the vehicle in which the maximum security transport is conducted to have a better first-hand understanding of these tactical and operational aspects to which the Defence have at least one of their objections. At the highest levels of the DV&O they have again expressed their inability to waive these procedures for Mr Taylor in light of the recent upgrading of the security, and on that basis I'd submit and I'd suggest that the report fleshes this out in greater detail, your Honours.

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