9:30 (10:00 with 30 mins delay in video and audio):
Judge: If there are no other matters, i will remind the witness of his oath. Please proceed Mr. Koumjin
Pros: Thank you your honour. Mr. Witness, just for everyone’s information, i will ask a few questions in open this morning and for the remaining hours of the evidence, i will be asking the court to go into private session as i will be covering areas that touch on the Wintess’s security.
Mr. Witness did you ever meet a Gen. Ibrahim?
Pros: Do you know his full name?
Pros: Whetre have you see Gen. Ibrahim?
Wit: I saw him in Buedu and later at Whote Flower
Pros: how was he dressed in Buedu?
Wit: he was in AFL uniform
Pros: you said you saw him at White Flower, do you recall the year you saw him there?
Pros: Do you recall where it was?
Wit: At the entrance of the president’s house
Pro: Do you recall how he was dressed?
Pros: Please tell us?
Wit: He was in ATU uniform
Pros: have you met Charles Taylor face to face?
Pros: Can you tell us about the first time you met him?
Pros: What year?
Pros: How did you meet him?
Wit: Benjamin Yeaten took me to his house at White Flower and he said these are the boys with me at Lofa County and he is doing very well. The President shook my hand and said just take care, i will see what to do about you.
Pros: Was anyone else present?
Pros: Can you tell us the type of other people that were present?
Pros: tell us the other people that were there, what type of organization did they belong to?
Wit: SSS and some belonged to the militia fporces
Pros: When was the last time you saw Taylor?
Pros: Where were you when you saw him?
Wit: I saw him in 2003 at the Mansion and at his residence before he left
Pros: Which was the last time you saw him?
Wit: At his house
Pros: What happened then?
Wiyt: That was the time he was asked to leave the country. he told us that he was going but things will be fine. He said Yeaten will take care of us. He said when he arrived, he will give instructions to Yeaten
Pros: Where did he mean when he said when he arrived?
Wit: When he arrived at his destination in Kalabar in Nigeria
Pros: Did Taylor say anywords or have any interaction directly with you on that occassion?
Wit: Yes, he met us individually, he shook my hand, tapped me on my back and said he knew people will feel bad that he will be leaving but things will be fine.
Pros: You have told this court you were abducted when you were 11 years old, did you ever see your father again?
Pros: Did you learn what happened to him?
Wit: After the war, my mother told me he had passed away
pros: Did you have any sibblings?
Pros: What happened to them?
Wit: One of my brothers was killed by the rebels in Rutile
Pros: I have no further questions in open session. I’ll apply that all my other questions be asked in private session because all other areas that i want to cover will expose the witness’s identity.
Judge: Any response Mr. Munyard?
Def: What i will propose is that we go into private evidence and for Mr. Koumjin to give us an idea of why he wants to go into private session.
Judge: Mr. Koumjin, you have heard that right?
Wit: I am happy to do that.
Judge: We will go into private session to discuss the application and we will determine whether to go into private session for the remainder of the witness’s evidence.
Court goes into private session.
Judge: We note that there is a defense application for a temporary suspension of the testimony of the witness before us. Mr. Koumjin can you give us an idea of how long it will take you to respond to this application?
Pros: I am ready to do so orally if that is ok with your honours.
Judge: Mr. Munuard, any response?
Def; I am ready to do same your honour.
Judge: I think we should go back into private session to discuss these issues.
Court stays in private session for the remainder of the witness’s testimony.