Judge boycotts Taylor hearing

2011-02-25 20:40

Leidschendam - A disciplinary hearing for the chief defence lawyer for former Liberian president Charles Taylor was adjourned after just seven minutes on Friday because one of the judges refused to attend.

The hearing by the Special Court for Sierra Leone was to weigh possible punishment for British lawyer Courtenay Griffiths after he stormed out of Taylor's war crimes trial two weeks ago in protest over the court's rejection of his written summary, which was filed late.

Griffiths appeared on Friday, but Ugandan judge Julia Sebutinde did not.

Presiding Judge Teresa Doherty said Sebutinde decided not to attend because she disagreed with the court's move to discipline Griffiths.

Doherty adjourned the hearing indefinitely, saying all three judges needed to be present.

- SAPA
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