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25 August 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt & Hermione Gee

For more than a year Charles Taylor’s trial has taken place in relative obscurity. But since fashion model Naomi Campbell and actress Mia Farrow were asked to give evidence about a diamond Mr Taylor was alleged to have given to Campbell that has all changed. The IJT asked lead defense counsel for Mr Taylor, Courtenay Griffiths, about the challenges of conducting such a case under the spotlight.

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16 February 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

His pen and notepad were already neatly packed, ready to leave the courtroom. But the judges ordered him to sit down, and two guards saw to it that the once-feared Charles Taylor witnessed the final stages of his trial for war crimes. But after the morning coffee break, the former Liberian president didn’t show up and decided to stay away for the rest of the week.

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01 March 2011 by -

The disciplinary hearing for Charles Taylor’s lawyer was adjourned last Friday after six minutes, as judge Julia Sebutinde refused to take part in the proceedings. Courtenay Griffiths was to be subject to a disciplinary hearing for walking out of the courtroom on February 8th before closing arguments in the war crimes case against his client at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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14 March 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

“Throw it in the bin. That is what we submit the court should do with this body of evidence: Get rid of it. We submit it’s garbage.” That was the message of Charles Taylor’s lawyers during closing arguments at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). And besides, they said, “why is Colonel Muammer Gaddafi not in the dock?”

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02 June 2010 by -

Model Naomi Campbell has taken center stage at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial. Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone want to subpoena her to testify against the former Liberian president.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

Courtenay Griffiths