Press Release · Communiqué de presse
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The Hague, 15 May 1996
ERDEMOVIC AND KREMENOVIC: UPDATE I
PROSECUTOR SEEKS DEFERRAL OF ERDEMOVIC CASE; KREMENOVIC TO BE REMANDED BACK TO THE FRY
Trial Chamber II will hear on Tuesday 28 May 1996 an application for deferral by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) of the criminal investigations and proceedings against Drazen ERDEMOVIC to the competence of the Tribunal.
This public hearing is scheduled for 10.00 a.m.
The request for deferral was made by the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal on 14 May 1996 under Article 10 of the Rules. In addition to proposing that Trial Chamber II formally requests the FRY to defer to the Tribunal, the application also requested the FRY to hand over to the Tribunal the results of its investigations into ERDEMOVIC and copies of its court's records and
judgements, if any.
This is the first time that a formal request for deferral concerns the FRY.
Drazen ERDEMOVIC and Radoslav KREMENOVIC were transferred into the custody of the Tribunal on 30 March 1996 for questioning by the Prosecutor in relation to his ongoing investigations into the Bosnian-Serb take-over of Srebrenica.
Both men were to have been detained by the Prosecutor pursuant to his investigations until 29 May 1996 at the latest.
Both men were indicted by the FRY prior to their transfer to the Hague and their status before the Tribunal was as detained witnesses, under Rule 90 bis.
KREMENOVIC was interviewed over the past weeks by Tribunal investigators and the Prosecutor has concluded that his continued presence as a witness is no longer required.
Kremenovic will therefore be remanded back to the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Arrangements for his transfer are currently being made by the Registry.