Taylor trial drawing to an end 25 Oct 2010
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has announced dates for the closing arguments in the trial of Charles Taylor

Charles TaylorFollowing a status conference on Friday 22 October 2010, the Trial Chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has announced a timeframe for the closure of formal trial proceedings against former Liberian President, Charles Taylor.

Taylor is charged with eleven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone. The Prosecution claims that Taylor supported the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in their brutal campaign, profiting from the illegal trade of conflict diamonds.

The Trial Chamber in the case, sitting at the premises of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Netherlands, announced that Taylor’s Defence case will close by 12 November 2010. Final trial briefs for the Prosecution and Defence have been ordered to be filed by 14 January 2011 at the latest, with the deadline for further written responses set as the end of the same month.

After the filing of the briefs, the Chamber has scheduled the closing arguments of the Prosecution for 8 February 2011, with the Defence closing arguments set for the following day. Rebuttals will then be heard on 11 February 2011.

Publicity

Taylor’s Defence case has been open since 13 July 2009, with Taylor himself taking the stand as a witness. Proceedings formally commenced in January 2008, with the Prosecution completing its case in February 2009.

At the beginning of August 2010, the trial received much international publicity as the model, Naomi Campbell, as well as the actress, Mia Farrow, both testified at the trial.

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