The trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor was faced with two seperate hitches today as first, there was a 45 minutes delay in bringing the accused former president to court, and second, proceedings were adjourned for the day due to technical failures in producing live notes on the computers in the court room.
When court resumed this morning, defense counsel for Mr. Taylor, Morris Anyah, informed the judges that Mr. Taylor was not present in court and there was no information on his whereabouts. After some 45 minutes adjournment, Mr. Taylor eventually appeared in court. Mr. Anyah informed the judges that the delay in bringing Mr. Taylor to court had been caused by an attempt to bring Mr. Taylor to court together with other International Criminal Court (ICC) detainees in a manner which Mr. Taylor had refused in the past and which had previously caused a delay in proceedings.
Presiding judge Richard Lussick directed the Acting Registrar to provide a report on what happened this morning and to ensure that it does not repeat itself.
When the judges eventually ordered that lead prosecution counsel, Brenda Hollis, continue with the cross-examination of Mr. Taylor, the court encountered technical problems with the live notes of the proceedings that are normally produced to lawyers and judges in court. Justice Lussick ordered that the matter be looked into with the “utmost urgency” so that proceedings will continue. When it became apparent that the problem could not be resolved today, the court adjourned for the day.
Yesterday, the Special Court also experienced techincal problems with the live feed allowing for live broadcast of the proceedings, cutting out for much of the day.
Mr. Taylor’s cross-examination continues tomorrow.