Special Court for Sierra Leone – Prince Taylor contempt trial opens Monday

12 January 2013

Report from the African Press Organization (APO) says that the contempt trial of Prince Taylor in the notorious Charles Taylor saga, will open on Monday, 14 January 2013, at the Special Court’s Courtroom 1, subject to confirmation at today’s – Saturday 12th January, Pre-Trial Hearing.

Eric-Koi-SenessiePrince Taylor, a former Special Court investigator working for the Charles Taylor (no relation) defence team, was charged on 4 October 2012 in an Order in Lieu of an Indictment with 9 counts of contempt.

The first eight counts relate to four Prosecution witnesses who testified against Charles Taylor, and the ninth relates to Eric Koi Senessie (photo), who was convicted of contempt on 21 June, 2012.

Under counts 1, 3, 5, 6, it is alleged that Prince Taylor offered bribe to a witness to recant testimony given before a chamber, through instructions to Eric Senessie.

And counts 2, 4, 7, 8 alleges that Prince otherwise interfered with a witness, who had given evidence before a chamber through instructions to Eric Senessie.

Count 9 alleges that he interfered with a witness, who was about to give evidence before a chamber by instructing and persuading Eric Senessie to give false information to the Independent Counsel appointed by the Registrar.

At his initial appearance on 6 October 2012, Prince Taylor pleaded not guilty to all counts. He is being represented by Rodney Dixon.

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