Final Status Conference Held Today; Trial to Resume on Schedule on January 7, 2008

December 11, 2007

The Hague

During today’s status conference, which lasted only ten minutes, the following agenda issues were discussed:

1. Any updates from the Parties on preparation for the Trial.
2. Any additional issues in respect of the administration of the case.

Prosecutor Brenda Hollis indicated that this week she will provide to the Defense a witness list for January 2008. During the upcoming holidays (December 17, 2007 – January 4, 2008) the Prosecutor will provide to the Defense the statements of the first witnesses to be heard when the trial resumes.

At the request of Presiding Judge Sebutinde, Hollis indicated that she will clarify the order in which the Prosecution witnesses on the witness list will be called and – to arrange for interpretation services – the language in which each witness will testify.

Hollis also said that during the first week of January she will provide to the Defense copies of the Prosecution exhibits to be submitted.

The Prosecutor indicated she will request protective measures in respect of witnesses to be heard in February 2008.

The Defense indicated that they are working very hard to process all the information coming in, and that they expect to be fully ready on January 7, 2008 to continue the trial.

The Presiding Judge confirmed the trial will resume on January 7, 2008. The revised hearing schedule has 3 sessions a day. The first session of the trial runs from 9 until 10.30 a.m. The second session runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. After the lunch break the Court will resume at 2.30 p.m. and will close for the day at 4.30 p.m. This schedule will be followed from Monday through Thursday. On Friday the same schedule applies except that there will be no afternoon session.

The Defense and the Prosecution did not raise additional issues. Court was then adjourned until January 7, 2008.


  1. I believe at the end of the day. The prosecution will not have enough evidence to convict Charles Taylor.

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