Today was the last day of trial for three weeks while the Special Court for Sierra Leone goes on recess.
The presiding judge, Justice Richard Lussick, today said that the trial will take a recess as of end of working day tomorrow and will resume on Monday October 26 2009 at 9:30AM. The recess, Justice Lussick said, is in place of the summer recess which the chamber had refused to take because they wanted to get started with the defense phase of the case.
Also today, the prosecution asked Mr. Taylor’s defense counsel, Courtenay Griffiths, to provide a revised timeframe for the estimated length of Mr. Taylor’s testimony. Contrary to his original statement that Mr. Taylor’s testimony will last for about eight weeks — covering direct, cross and re-direct examination — Mr. Griffiths today told the court that Mr. Taylor’s testimony will not be completed by the end of this calender year. Mr. Taylor’s testimony will continue in 2010, after which, other defense witness will be called to testify.
When court resumes on October 26 2009, Mr. Taylor will continue with his direct testimony.