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

I have never suggested that. I am speaking from the vantage point of that man on the Clapham omnibus, that phrase much used in English common law, the independent observer looking on from the outside, recalling, of course, that justice should not only be done, it should be seen to be done, and that is why we are addressing these concerns. But in any event, Madam President, as highlighted by Mr Koumjian this morning, we have dealt with these issues in the opening paragraphs of our closing brief, and so consequently do not see the need to repeat all of those arguments here, because we submit that they've been comprehensively set out in our closing brief.

But returning to our theme, Madam President, which is that this Prosecution is political, we also submit, so far as this Prosecution is concerned, that they have acted dishonestly in paying witnesses, some of them extravagantly, out of a fund obtained by the first Chief Prosecutor, David Crane, from the Government of the United States. No similar fund was ever provided or requested by the Defence, and despite repeated requests by a number of bodies, the Prosecution have never come clean as to how these monies were acquired and, indeed, how they were spent. Again, we will deal with that issue and have dealt with it in our final brief, and I anticipate that Mr Munyard tomorrow will be turning to it in a little bit more detail, so I'm merely highlighting that fact now.

Now, having introduced my topic, Madam President, can I now turn to the evidence in this case?

We have never denied that serious crimes were committed in Sierra Leone. We've never denied that. And neither were those crimes committed solely by the RUF, the AFRC or indeed the CDF. I would like us to remind ourselves, please, of a clip from a film shown in closed session, so it's confidential, taken from exhibit D-5A.

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