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

Your Honour, the witness is an expert on diamonds and their role in this conflict, and key to this conflict and key to this case is the horrendous crimes that were committed; motivated as that double amputee in the video said by the desire for diamonds and fuelled by diamonds. This witness is now telling us about that this clip is typical of stories that he heard - accounts that he heard - from victims, from persons he personally knew, and is recounting one of those.

In this case, the Defence made a point in the first appearance - I believe it was in August - "Please don't bring these amputees here. The issue of the victims is not at issue that crimes were committed". But of course in this Court I think it is very relevant to this case that crimes were committed and the victims should have an opportunity - we should have an opportunity to hear their accounts. The clip was a matter --

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