1.00 p.m. Day 37 of the Trial: Charles Taylor taken to hospital

Shortly after the Court resumed today at 9.30, Charles Taylor interrupted his Counsel Morris Anyah and conferred with him and Lead Defense Counsel Courtenay Griffiths, after which Griffiths informed the Court that Taylor was not feeling well and needed medical attention. Griffiths told the Court he had been given instructions by the Accused so that it would be no injustice when the cross-examination would continue in Taylor’s absence. Subsequently Taylor was taken out of the Court room. Cross-examination then continued and soon concluded.

Prosecutor Santora then examined Witness Lansana on redirect, clarifying certain aspects of his testimony given during the cross examination. After the examination on redirect had concluded, 3 documents and a taperecording were submitted to the Court as evidence by the Prosecution to which the Defense objected. At 11.30 a.m. the Court adjourned until 12.00 a.m. When the Court resumed, Presiding Judge Doherty asked Griffiths for an update on Taylor’s medical condition. Griffiths was able to inform the Court that Taylor had been examined by the doctor present at the Court, who then contacted the prison’s doctor who is in possession of Taylor’s medical records. Subsequently, Taylor was taken to the hospital, where he will stay at least until 2.30 this afternoon.

The 3 documents and the tape recording were admitted as evidence. The Court then released Prosecution Witness Lansana. Prosecutor Brenda Hollis presented the next Witness, Prosecution Witness TF1-362. Subsequently, Lead Defense Counsel Griffiths made a submission to the Court: to adjourn at this point until the Accused wil be in a position to assist in Court again. The Prosecution had no objection to the Defense’s request. The Court adjourned at 12.30 p.m. until 2.30 p.m when an update on Taylor’s medical condition will be provided.