PROSECUTOR v ISSA HASSAN SESAY & ORS - ORDER FOR EXPEDITED FILINGS ( SCSL-04-15-T ) [2007] SCSL 35 (18 April 2007);


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TRIAL CHAMBER I


Before:
Hon. Justice Bankole Thompson, Presiding Judge

Registrar:
Herman von Hebel, Acting Registrar
Date:
18th of April 2007
PROSECUTOR
Against
ISSA HASSAN SESAY
MORRIS KALLON
AUGUSTINE GBAO
(Case No. SCSL-04-15-T)

Public Document


ORDER FOR EXPEDITED FILINGS


Office of the Prosecutor:

Defence Counsel for Issa Hassan Sesay:
James C. Johnson
Peter Harrison

Wayne Jordash
Sareta Ashraph


Defence Counsel for Morris Kallon:
Shekou Touray
Charles Taku
Melron Nicol-Wilson


Court Appointed Counsel for Augustine Gbao
Andreas O’Shea
John Cammegh

I, HON. JUSTICE BANKOLE THOMPSON, Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber I of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (“Special Court”);

HAVING RECEIVED the Gbao – Request for the Gbao Opening Statement to be Given at the Beginning of the Presentation of Evidence for the Third Accused, filed publicly by Court Appointed Counsel for the Third Accused, Augustine Gbao, (“Gbao Defence”) on the 16th of April 2007 and served on the 17th of April 2007 (“Motion”);

NOTING that the Gbao Defence is seeking a postponement of the opening statement for the Third Accused until the commencement of the presentation of the evidence on his behalf rather than at the beginning of the Defence case;

NOTING that the Defence case is scheduled to commence on the 3rd of May 2007;[1]

CONSIDERING that Article 17(4)(c) of the Statute of the Special Court provides that the Accused shall be entitled “to be tried without undue delay”;

CONSIDERING that the fair and expeditious consideration of the Motion requires the imposition of an expedited timetable for the filing of a response and a reply;


PURSUANT TO Rule 7(C), 27, 54 and 73 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the Special Court;


HEREBY ORDER as follows:


  1. Any Response to the Motion by the Office Prosecutor shall be filed no later than Friday, the 20th of April 2007 at 4:00pm; and
  2. Any Reply by the Gbao Defence shall be filed no later than Monday, the 23rd of April 2007 at 4:00pm.
Done at Freetown, Sierra Leone, this 18th day of April 2007


Hon. Justice Bankole Thompson


Presiding Judge
Trial Chamber I


[Seal of the Special Court]


[1] Prosecutor v. Sesay, Kallon and Gbao, SCSL-04-15-T, Consequential Orders Concerning the Preparation and the Commencement of the Defence Case, 28 March 2007.