Courtenay Griffiths

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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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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?”