Court Resumes After Lunch-Break: Witness TF1-579 Continues in Private Session

Afternoon Session, November 5, 2008

3:00pm: Court resumed after lunch break and prosecution witness TF1-579 continued his testimony but in provate session. Prosecution counsel Nicholas Koumjian asked the witness to tell the court what Bockarie told him about diamonds that were mined by the RUF. The witness explained that Bockarie told him he always divided the diamonds into three portions. One portion he said was given to Taylor for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the RUF, the second portion he said was distributed among the various RUF commanders and the third portion he was was kept to be handed to Sankoh upon his release from prison.

At this point, prosecution counsel made an application for the court to go into private session because the next set of questions will expose the witness’s identity if raised in public. Court went into private session for the remaining period of the proceedings.