Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2009

Sierra Leone / Trial of Charles Taylor




Sierra Leone / Trial of Charles Taylor


FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general:



On the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Trial Chamber there has dismissed in its entirety a motion for acquittal filed by the defence team of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.  Through this ruling the Court has made it clear that it expects Taylor to answer on all 11 counts of his indictment for war crimes allegedly committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone.


The Court also ordered Taylor’s defence team to be ready to open its arguments in late June.  Taylor is expected to take the stand in his own defence at that hearing.  Under the Court’s rules, the accused should be the first witness to testify in a defence case.



United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General



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