Prince Taylor Appeal Judgement Scheduled for 30 October at 10:00 a.m.
Appeal Judgement in the contempt case of Independent Counsel v. Prince Taylor will be delivered on 30 October 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Freetown time. The judgement will be delivered in The Hague by a three-judge appeal panel consisting of Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (presiding), Justice Renate Winter, and Justice Jon Kamanda.
Prince Taylor and his counsel will participate by video link from Courtroom 1 at the Special Court in Freetown. The media and the general public is welcome to attend.
This will be the last judicial proceeding before the Special Court, which will close later this year.
On 25 January 2013, Prince Taylor was found guilty on four counts of “otherwise interfering” with prosecution witnesses who had testified against former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and on one count of interfering with a witness in the contempt proceedings. On 3 February 2013 he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 2-1/2 years.
On 14 May 2013, the three-judge panel of the Appeals Chamber dismissed his appeal for being filed out of time, and for failing to either apply for additional time or to file with a deficient filing form, meaning that the appeal was not properly before the Chamber. On 4 June 2013 the Judges accepted a re-filed appeal which included an application for additional time.
Special Court for Sierra Leone, Outreach and Public Affairs Office
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