Welcome back everybody!
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor takes the stand again tomorrow, as prosecutors gear up to continue grilling him on his four-month-long testimony.
We’ll be listening closely as Mr. Taylor responds to the prosecution’s challenges, and watching how the trial judges manage the courtroom and the documents that the Prosecution intends to use. The coming weeks are sure to be filled with some heated moments as Mr. Taylor responds to the challenges to the truthfulness and accuracy of his testimony by lead prosecutor, Brenda Hollis, and her team.
Meanwhile, our monitor, Alpha Sesay, returned back from Sierra Leone yesterday, and will have stories to share with us about how the Taylor trial is being received in Freetown among journalists, civil society and students.
And I am just delighted that we’ll be restarting our conversation here as the trial moves forward. I, for one, have missed the active debate as the court went into recess over the vacation (and thanks to the intrepid few who still kept posting during the break).
As we get set for the trial to restart, I thought you might be interested in this: a story posted today by the Guardian (UK) about Liberian amputee footballers. You will note, however, that some of the assertions made by the journalist are actually ones that are being contested in Mr. Taylor’s trial (the journalist, for example, attribute’s ownership by Taylor over the Sierra Leonean rebels and their actions: “His Sierra Leonean rebels used to chop off arms and legs of men who refused to sign up”) which we need to keep in mind as we read this article. But still, thought some readers might still be interested in the story and the ideas contained within it.
You can find it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jan/10/liberia-amputee-football
See you back here tomorrow as the trial starts.