Charles Taylor Denied More Time to Wrap up Defense

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands-- Judges have refused to grant a request from former Liberian President Charles Taylor for more time to file a written summary of his defense case, as his trial for allegedly orchestrating atrocities in Sierra Leone draws to a close.

Taylor's lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths, has told judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone that he cannot submit a summary of defense arguments until the court rules on several outstanding motions.

Griffiths had been told to file the summary by Jan. 14, but said he could not because of the outstanding motions.

Presiding Judge Teresa Doherty said Thursday that Taylor "does not have the option of obeying or disobeying" court orders.

Taylor has pleaded innocent to 11 charges of supporting murderous Sierra Leone rebels.