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

Your Honour, the accused person wants to inform the Court that he fears for his life and therefore would express that to the Court as a concern that he has. Particularly , according to him, in view of the fact that Mr Foday Sankoh died in detention while at this Court and also in view of the fact that recently Mr Milosevic also died in detention and, therefore, fears for his life and would love that necessary facilities in terms of his health and to ensure his safety be provided.

Secondly, the accused person fears that not being in Liberia his family is not here and has some concerns as to him needing the moral support of his family in Sierra Leone and, therefore, every necessary facility in that regard to facilitate his family being able to have access to him be provided.

That is it, Your Honour.

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