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

Thank you.

Your Honour, I, as Principal Defender, stand before you to address issues that emanated from the initial -- the opening on June 4th on the basis of which the Honourable Trial Chamber issued an order directing, one, that I be facilitated to travel to The Hague to consult with Mr Taylor regarding his defence problems, and, secondly, to the Registry, to ensure that logistically the accused has adequate facilities in accordance with Article 17 of the Statute, without further delay.

Now, your Honours, that being my point of departure, I am here, and of course I came here on the 14th -- left Freetown on the 14th of June, arrived on the 15th, and engaged, with Duty Counsel, to consult Mr Taylor on the 15th, the 18th, the 19th and the 20th.

Now, following our consultation, I want to observe that, in our consultation with Mr Taylor, he expressed quite a number of concerns which, of course, is contained in a report that we submitted --

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