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

Your Honours, I will first of all submit that the evidence contained, or the material contained, in the report of this witness do not go to the ultimate issue. Your Honours, these are - as already stated, these are based on statements and interviews conducted by the witness and not in every situation would - and largely these are not words, or statements, or conclusions made by the witness herself in this situation and they would amount to basically the same amount - the same - they would amount to witnesses coming before this Court and making statements to the effect that the accused in a particular situation did a particular act, which in any event may not ultimately be - may not ultimately be a point upon which the culpability of the accused is determined at that point.

Your Honours, what I am saying is that to determine ultimately - talking about ultimate issues, we are saying here that what is contained in the report leads to a conclusion that the accused is culpable of the acts that we allege. Your Honours, there is a certain level at which this Bench makes that determination and the level is that there has to be evidence beyond all reasonable doubt. What we have in some of the statements that have been incorporated in the report may not amount to that standard at this stage in the first place and, in any event, your Honours, this material that has been collected from witnesses is in many cases eyewitness accounts; eyewitness accounts from witnesses who were victims or who witnessed some of the atrocities that were committed. To the best of my recollections, your Honours, they are basically accounts from witnesses who have witnessed these events themselves, your Honours.

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