Your Honour, Charles Jalloh for the office of the Principal Defender. With leave of this Court, I should like to note for the record that the Principal Defender regrets he cannot be here at this pre-trial conference. As Your Honours would be aware, he would typically attend such meetings in respect of the various accused before the Special Court consistent with this mandate under Rule 45.
In addition, I wish to note that Mr Taylor had requested recently to have meetings with Mr Nmehielle, the Principal Defender. Because of confidentiality and privilege in respect of Mr Taylor, I am not at liberty to elaborate on the various reasons why, but I wish to note that for reasons well beyond the control of the Principal Defender, and over his strongest possible objection, the Principal Defender's trip was cancelled. Thank you.