Monday, February 05, 2007

Taylor's trial postponed

On January 26, the Special Court for Sierra Leone postponed the opening date for the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to June 4. The trial was initially schedule for April 2.

Given the criticism over the trial being held in The Hague and not in Freetown, hence far from the Sierra Leonean people, the new prosecutor, Stephen Rapp, said in a press release on January 29, "every effort is being and will be made to ensure that Sierra Leoneans have transparent access to this trial." According to the UN news service, the BBC is planning to send two Sierra Leonean journalists and two Liberian journalists to cover the trial from The Hague. However, no plans have been made yet for a live television broadcast in Sierra Leone.

Link to International Justice Tribune