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

I am quite sure the accused has received the benefit of the proper legal advice from the Principal Defender and his defence team. However, I just wanted to mention to the accused that he has some important rights. You can be seated, Mr Principal Defender. They are important enough to read again. I will say to the accused under the Statute of the Special Court of Sierra Leone you have certain rights and amongst these rights, you are presumed innocent until proved otherwise. You will be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation of your defence, and you will be able to communicate with counsel of your own choosing. You will be tried without undue delay.

As far as your right to counsel goes, I know the Principal Defender, you are in good hands there, and I'm sure he has given you all the necessary advice. In any event, I can tell you that you have the right to defend yourself in person, or you have the right to legal assistance of your own choosing, or you can ask the Court to assign legal assistance to you, and that can be without payment by you if you don't have sufficient means.

Now, the Chief of Court Management will read out the indictment, at the end of which you will have the opportunity to answer to the charges count by count. Yes, thank you.

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