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

Your Honour, Article 18 of my Code of Conduct before the Special Court for Sierra Leone makes it patently clear, in my respectful submission -- and, your Honour, perhaps I'll pause until your Honours get it to hand. It's Article 18(A). Do your Honours have it to hand? Well, your Honours, perhaps I can read it.

"Subject to subparagraph (B), Defence shall not" - it's mandatory, your Honours, it's mandatory - "Defence counsel shall not represent a client if Defence counsel's representation is (i) terminated by the client."

It's very clear, your Honour. Your Honour, the only caveat, in my respectful submission, is 19(D). And 19D says, if your Honour would allow me to read, 19(D) says:

"If representation by Defence counsel is to be terminated or withdrawn" - of course there is a distinction - "unless otherwise ordered by a Chamber, such termination or withdrawal shall not take effect until" - this is the caveat - "until a replacement Defence counsel is engaged by the client or assigned by the Principal Defender, or" - and this is critical, in my submission - "or the client has notified the Registrar in writing of his intention to conduct his own defence."

Your Honour, Mr Taylor has complied with this rule and has given in writing a notice to the Registrar in which he has terminated by representation and is representing himself. Under the clear language, by the plain language of Article 18 of the Code of Conduct, I am terminated as far as legal counsel is concerned. Your Honours, I view that, in fulfillment of my own professional responsibilities, as completely non-negotiable and a primary duty from which I am not able to reconcile -- resile from.

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