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

Well, we are relying upon those submissions, but you will recall that the submissions, the written submissions, we made, were summarily dismissed without even a request from the Prosecution for a response and so consequently we have not had, prior to today, an opportunity of addressing your Honours directly on these issues and we think that we are perfectly within our powers. It is perfectly within our responsibilities, our professional responsibilities, to raise those issues now and I can say this: At the time when we filed those written submissions, we did not have Mr Taylor's clear, written instructions as to his position. I do have those clear, written instructions here and he has made it quite clear that he's not prepared to instruct us to file a final brief until such time as all outstanding decisions have been made. Those are my instructions. I can't go behind them.

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