This Monday, Charles Taylor’s defense team is set to lay out their case before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. We’ll be following the trial from the courtroom in The Hague and bringing you daily updates. Our monitor, Sierra Leonean lawyer Alpha Sesay, will continue reporting on the trial.
Taylor’s defense is a critical part of the trial. The Prosecution spent 13 months presenting their case: it’s now Taylor’s turn. It’s the job of his defense team to cast doubt on the case that we have heard in court since the prosecution started in earnest in January 2008. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to the 11 charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of internaional humanitarian law.
On this site you will find an overview of the prosecution’s case, as well as comments about why Taylor’s side of the story matters. We also have a host of information about the background to the trial as well as the daily coverage of the prosecution’s case.
To make it easier for our readers, we are shifting to a different style of reporting. Starting Monday, we will be doing one daily post that captures the key drama and events in the courtroom that day. We will also be creating weekly overviews for those who want to get up to speed quickly with the trial and don’t have the time to follow the posts every day. We will continue with our monthly summaries which also look at the broad trends and developments.
We hope that readers will continue to post their views and comments, and continue their conversations with us and with each other on the site as this next phase of the Taylor trial starts up.