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

Madam President, I'm very concerned about this line of questioning and the way in which this evidence is being introduced. Mr Smillie can talk about Mr Smillie's own experience. I haven't objected hitherto, but we've now been treated to two clips containing anonymous individuals giving, I suppose it will be claimed by the Prosecution, evidence about the history of Sierra Leone, about what went on there at different times, about the role of President Siaka Stevens and all sorts of other matters and I am extremely concerned that the Prosecution are introducing this material in this way.

Mr Smillie has not purported to be a historian, he cannot give expert evidence about the history of the country unless the foundation is properly laid and I would ask that no more clips of this nature be played until a proper foundation for putting them into evidence is established.

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