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

We are not making any such application and I have taken instructions. I am grateful to Madam Court Officer. I think we are adult enough to discuss these things in public.

As far as he was concerned, he insisted on coming to court. It was the security staff who said they would not take him to court unless he allowed them to persist in this not just intimate but painful search, and he insisted on coming to court to the extent that he telephoned personally the Chief of Detention, Mr Anders Backman, and insisted to him that he be brought to court but not subjected to this unique and offensive procedure. It was eventually then decided, presumably on high, that it was not necessary on this particular date for the first time to indulge in that particular practice, so arrangements were then made for him to get to court and as you know he arrived about seven minutes after the Court sat.

Can I add this. I simply want to remind all the parties that Mr Taylor came to court last week at a time when it was perfectly plain that he was not 100 per cent well. He pressed to come to court and, even though we were advising him that he was not - it was pretty obvious that he was not physically fit enough to continue, he insisted on continuing until such time as he accepted that he really ought to go back to the prison and be looked after there.

I have to make one correction. It was not Mr Taylor who spoke to Mr Backman, he got a guard to do that, but it was at his insistence that Mr Backman was called. Unless, Madam President, there are any other matters you wish me to explore further, those are my instructions on what happened this morning.

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