15 November 2012

Liberia: Taylor's Verdict Is Next September

Judges at the UN backed Special Court for Sierra Leone say, they have set September 2013 as a timeline to hand down their verdict in the Taylor's appeal trial.

"The judges envision that the appeal judgment will come next September, not October or November," the Special Court's Chief of Outreach and Public Affairs Mr. Peter C. Andersen said in an email to this paper's editor in reaction to an article attributed to Taylor's new lead Defense Counsel, Morris A. Anyah last Friday, November 9.

"While timelines have been known to change to reflect what is going on in the courtroom, at this point we have not been informed of any and this is the official word from the judges," Andersen said.

He said the judges set the Taylor appeal timeline at their plenary last May 30, and it has not changed, adding that oral arguments on the appeals submissions, if they are deemed necessary, will be in December, and they have been so scheduled for a long time.

Taylor was found guilty of all 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. with the modes of liability (the degree of his involvement) being planning (arguably the more serious of the two) and of aiding and abetting.

The prosecution had argued that he should be found guilty on the more serious modes of command responsibility and/or engaging in a joint criminal enterprise. But Taylor now 65, has insisted on his innocence.

Lawyers representing ex-President Charles Taylor say they identified 45 legal errors, but according to Mr. Andersen, they (Taylor's lawyers) have since dropped three, remaining 42.

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