A Liberian witness who has been testifying in defense of former Liberian president Charles Taylor today concluded his direct-examination in closed session. Though the witness has been testifying in open session with partial protective measures, today’s direct-examination was conducted in closed session because certain aspects of the witness’s testimony were too sensitive to be heard in public. Closed sessions are also sometimes necessary if the judges believe that the witness’s open testimony might jeopardize his own security or the security of other protected witnesses. Shortly before the court adjourned for the day, prosecution counsel, Mohamed Bangura, started the cross-examination of the witness. During the witness’s cross-examination, prosecutors will seek to discredit the witness’s testimony given in direct-examination.
The cross-examination of the witness continues tomorrow.