>Source: The Inquirer Liberia
|Former President Charles Taylor|
Final arguments in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will take place on 8, 9 and 11 February in The Hague, beginning at 9:00 a.m. local time, a statement from the court said. Former President Charles Taylor is charged with an 11-count indictment which alleges that he was responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by rebels in Sierra Leone during the country’s decade-long civil conflict. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts. The closing arguments will be streamed over the internet beginning at 9:30 a.m. Hague time (8:30 a.m. GMT), with the link accessible from the Court’s website, http://www.sc-sl.org/.
The proceedings will also be streamed via satellite to the Special Court complex in Freetown beginning at 8:30 a.m. The public and press are invited to attend, the statement added.
During the trial, the Prosecution called 94 witnesses, while 21 persons testified for the Defence, including Mr. Taylor himself. After the completion of the closing arguments, the Judges will retire to consider the Trial Judgment. The Judgment is expected in mid-2011.