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

Your Honour, yes. "Skill and professionalism in the presentation and conduct of the case. Independence" - and I underline that word - "in the performance of his functions, and shall not accept, nor seek, instructions from a government or any other source, nor engage in any activity which compromises his independence or which reasonably creates the appearance of such compromise."

Article 8: "Counsel has an overriding duty to the Special Court to act with independence and in the interests of justice." And I pause to mention this: That we do not understand how it can be in the interests of justice for us to have laboured for several months to prepare and analyse thousands of pages of evidence only to have it rejected at the 11th hour before oral arguments are due to commence.

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