Taylor trial postponed until January 2008 20 Aug 2007
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has delayed proceedings in the case of former Liberian president Charles Taylor until 7 January 2008.

Charles TaylorOn Monday, 20 August 2007, the Special Court for Sierra Leone held a status conference on the postponement of Charles Taylor's trial as requested by the defence. The newly composed defence team, led by Courtenay Griffiths, QC, filed a motion on 31 July 2007 asking for adjournment of the trial to allow “adequate time and facilities for the preparation of [Taylor's] defence”. The prosecutor agreed that the defence had established “good cause for a reasonable delay”, but left the duration of the postponement to the Court's discretion.

Presiding Judge Sebutinde, in granting the defence's request for a four-month delay, emphasised that it was within the Trial Chamber's discretion to do so. The Special Court also allotted an extension in order for the defence to examine and potentially challenge the prosecution's expert testimony under Rule 94bis(B) of the Special Court's Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

Charles Taylor, the president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003, is charged with eleven counts of crimes against humanity, war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law. He is the first African head of state to go on trial for war crimes before an international tribunal. He has denied all of the charges against him, but has recognised the jurisdiction of the UN-backed Special Court. Charles Taylor's trial was moved from Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, to The Hague for security reasons.

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