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Special Court Monitoring Program — Update #92

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 27 October 2006

This week saw the end of the defence case in the AFRC trial. The proceedings comprised the cross examination of the two remaining individual defence witnesses for the second accused, Brima Bazzy Kamara, the final part of the prosecution’s cross examination of the common expert witness on military matters, Major General Prins, and the testimony of the common defence expert on forced marriage, Dr Thorsen.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #91

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 20 October 2006

This week saw one final Kanu individual witness, and the cross examination of two Kamara witnesses who gave their evidence in chief last week. We also saw one common defence witness examined and the first of the common defence expert witnesses took the stand.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #90

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 13 October 2006

This week saw five defence witnesses appearing on behalf of the second Accused (Kamara) and two appearing on behalf of the third Accused (Kanu). The witnesses heard this week were all subject to special protection measures pursuant to Trial Chamber II’s decision of 9 May 2006. They were consequently shielded from view from the public gallery while they testified and their identities have not been recorded in any court records or transcripts.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #89

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 6 October 2006

This week saw the conclusion of the individual defence case for the first Accused, Tamba Brima, with the cross examination of two witnesses who gave evidence last week. Two final common witnesses were also heard, and the common defence case has now drawn to a close. The individual defence case for the second Accused, Brima Bazzi Kamara was initiated on Tuesday, and three of Kamara’s individual witness were heard at the end of the week. The witnesses heard this week were all subject to special protection measures pursuant to Trial Chamber II’s decision of 9 May 2006. They were consequently shielded from view from the public gallery while they testified and their identities have not been recorded in any court records or transcripts.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #88

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 29 September 2006

This week saw the cross examination of one common defence witness, and the beginning of the individual defence case for the first Accused, Alex Tamba Brima. Seven witnesses appeared for Brima. The witnesses were all subject to special protection measures pursuant to Trial Chamber II’s decision of 9 May 2006. They were consequently shielded from view from the public gallery while they testified and their identities have not been recorded in any court records or transcripts. Some of the witnesses appearing for Tamba Brima were subject to brief cross-examination by defence council for the other two Accused as well as cross-examination by the prosecution.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #87

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 22 September 2006

This week saw ten defence witnesses examined. This included the first insider witness called by the defence. All witnesses were called to testify on behalf of the three Accused simultaneously as part of a joint defence strategy. The witnesses were all subject to special protection measures pursuant to Trial Chamber II’s decision of 9 May 2006. They were consequently shielded from view from the public gallery while they testified and their identities are not recorded in any court records or transcripts.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #86

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 15 September 2006

This week Trial Chamber II has continued to hear testimony from witnesses for the defence in the AFRC case. Twelve witnesses were called to give evidence. These witnesses were all subject to special protection measures pursuant to the Court’s decision of 9 May 2006. They were consequently shielded from view from the public gallery while they testified and their identities are not recorded in any court records or transcripts.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #85

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 4 August 2006

This week saw the end of this trial session. The Court will now be in recess until 4 September 2006. The Court only sat half day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday due to a lack of available defence witnesses. The First Accused also waived his right under Rule 60 and was not present in Court for most of the week. The Court has ordered that the Defence provide a final witness list by 24 August 2006. Counsel for the First Accused have also filed a notice defence of alibi notice pursuant to Rule 67(A)(ii) this week and have been ordered by the Court to provide any further details regarding the places witnesses can attest to the First Accused being in support of this alibi defence by 7 August 2006. The Defence has also indicated its military expert report is ready and will be filed shortly. While the Prosecution sought an order that this report be provided by the end of the day on Friday, the Court simply stated that it expected compliance with the 21-day disclosure period set out in Rule 94bis.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #84

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 28 July 2006

The trial was adjourned for two days this week, due to a lack of available defence witnesses. On Thursday the Bench expressed extreme frustration at the situation and threatened that should the Defence continue to have problems presenting its evidence after the August recess the Court would consider declaring the Defence case closed. The First Accused complained of ill health again on Friday and, waiving his right to be present under Rule 60 of the Special Court Rules, was not present in Court on Friday afternoon.

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Special Court Monitoring Program Update #82

Trial Chamber II – AFRC Trial

Week Ending 14 July 2006

The Trial Chamber began the Monday session by referring to the adjournment granted last week to the Defence because the Defence had claimed its witnesses were not available to testify. The Trial Chamber stated that the Witnesses and Victims Support Unit (‘WVS’) had since informed the Court that there had in fact been witnesses ready on Friday. The Trial Chamber therefore informed Defence counsel that no further adjournments would be granted without assurances that Defence counsel had checked with WVS and were certain there were no witnesses available. It was also noted by the Chamber, however, that there was no suggestion of Defence counsel having acted unprofessionally

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