Taylor - defence calls last witness

2010-10-23 10:23

Leidschendam - 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 neighboring 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 complete the presentation of its case by November 12.

She said that both teams will present their closing arguments in February.

Taylor is being tried in the Netherlands because of fears that if he stood trial in Sierra Leone that could spark fresh violence.