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

Sorry, Mr Nmehielle, sorry to interrupt. On that issue, before you move forward, Ms Hollis may well have a point regarding the request to represent himself, the request by Mr Taylor to represent himself. Mr Taylor did address the Chamber in a letter on the 4th of June indicating that he would, from that date, no longer require the services of court-assigned counsel to represent him in these proceedings and he would henceforth conduct his own defence. Now, we took that letter -- it was unequivocal, we took it at face value, and we believed him. He has not contradicted or withdrawn that letter to date.

Now, the question that begs is that a person having said they will now represent themselves and in the same breath absent themselves from court, in my view, can only have one interpretation: Boycott.

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