At a simple ceremony at the Trial Chamber of the Special Court, the first alternate judge to preside over the trial of Charles Taylor was Friday sworn in.
Senegalese-born El Hadji Malick Sow will join his colleagues to try the former Liberian president. The trial begins on 4 June.
In accordance with the court’s statute, Judge Sow will be present at every trial and will replace judges Julia Sebatinde, Richard Lussick and Teresa Doherty if they are unable to attend a trial session.
The Senegalese has an extensive experience in his country’s Judiciary and at the international level. He has served as judge at various tribunals.
In 1984 to 1990, Justice Sow served as judge of the Regional Tribunals of Ziguinchor and Diourbel, as well as the Labor Tribunal of Dakar.
In November 2006 he was named President of the Criminal Chamber of the Appeals Court in Dakar.
During the ceremony Justice El Hadji Malick Sow made his solemn declaration before the Acting Registrar Herman Von Hebel.
The swearing in ceremony was presided over by the President of the Special Court, George Gelaga-King and witnessed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Fred Carew and Kedar Poudal, the Human Rights Co-coordinator at the UN support unit in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) on behalf of the Secretary General of the United Nations.