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

The short answer, Your Honour, is no. And I say no for this reason: That Mr Taylor stands in a completely different position vis-a-vis his liability for those crimes than the two examples provided to the Court. They was direct participants in the commission of those crimes, unlike Mr Taylor who has been convicted on the basis of aiding and abetting.

We submit that there is a basis for saying that there needs to be a distinction between a principal actor in the commission of a crime and a secondary party such as an aider and abettor. So to that extent, we would submit that the answer to -- with respect to Your Honour's question is no.

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