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

Your Honour, I hesitate to interrupt, because it was our intention that Mr Munyard would deal with this aspect of the evidence, but I am becoming increasingly concerned at the way in which this witness is being examined. The last clip that was shown showed images of mutilated individuals. There is nothing to suggest that this witness knew that individual personally such to be able to make comment on that clip. Now he is being asked to repeat evidence that he has heard, or comments he has heard, from other people. He should not be here being used as a conduit for gossip, rumour, accounts given by other individuals. He is here as an expert on diamonds. Can we restrict his testimony, please, to that topic and stop using this witness as a conduit for this kind of prejudicial material about which he has no expertise whatsoever.

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