Courtenay Griffiths QC to be interviewed on BBC Newsnight about Charles Taylor trial

Monday 16 August 2010

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After a dramatic week at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Courtenay Griffiths QC is due to be interviewed this evening, live on the BBC's Newsnight.

Courtenay is Lead Counsel to Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia. Mr Taylor faces an 11-count indictment for crimes against humanity, violations of Article 3 Common to the Geneva Conventions and of Additional Protocol II, plus other serious violations of international humanitarian law during the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Last week saw dramatic scenes during the testimony of model Naomi Campbell in relation to the trade of blood diamonds. The world then watched Courtenay pull apart the testimony of Ms Campbells's former agent Carole White and actor Mia Farrow, in what one commentator described as "world-class work".

Courtenay is no stranger to high-profile criminal defence work, having worked on numerous terrorism cases and the Damilola Taylor murder trial.

Now, Courtney gives his first broadcast interview since the start of the trial. The interview is scheduled for tonight's Newsnight programme, broadcast on BBC 2 at 10.30 pm.

For more information about Courtenay's practice and background, click here to read his profile. Courtenay is a member of Garden Court Chambers' 50-strong Crime Team, who provide defence on charges ranging from war crimes and terrorism to fraud and murder.

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