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

Madam President, before the Court reaches a final conclusion, I wonder if I could be heard in reply because in my submission Mr Bangura has mischaracterised some of our objections to this witness and fundamentally the first and last of our objections?

Firstly, she is not giving expert evidence. The way in which Mr Bangura has characterised her expertise is that of an expert in gathering evidence. That misses the point. The point is that the evidence that she has gathered is ordinary evidence that this Court is quite capable of understanding without the need of it being put forward in some way as expert evidence. It is a mischaracterisation of our argument and it is a misunderstanding of what expert evidence is about. It is not about collecting straightforward factual evidence and putting it before the Court in the form of a report.

That is the first way in which he is --

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