Defence calls last witness in Charles Taylor trial

Defence lawyers for former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor say they will call a final witness at his war crimes trial.

Defence lawyers for former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor say they will call a final witness at his war crimes trial.

Taylor is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone on charges of arming and supporting notoriously brutal rebels in Sierra Leone’s 12-year civil war from his seat of power in neighbouring Liberia. He denies wrongdoing.

Defence lawyer Terry Munyard said the anonymous witness, identified only as DCT-102, was likely to begin testifying on November 1. Judge Julia Sebutinde said the defence must rest its case after that, by November 10 at the latest.

Taylor is being tried at Leidschendam in the Netherlands because of fears of fresh violence if he stood trial in Sierra Leone.

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