Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Thursday, 14 February 2002

2 [Status Conference]

3 [Open session]

4 [The accused entered court]

5 --- Upon commencing at 3.25 p.m.

6 JUDGE POCAR: This Status Conference is called to order. Good

7 afternoon to everybody.

8 Madam Registrar, would you please call the case.

9 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is case number

10 IT-95-14-A, the Prosecutor versus Tihomir Blaskic.

11 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. So may I call for the appearances. For

12 the Prosecutor.

13 MR. FARRELL: Good afternoon, Your Honour. Norman Farrell, with

14 the case manager, Mr. Wolfgang Sakulin, for the Prosecution.

15 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. For Mr. Blaskic.

16 MR. HAYMAN: Good afternoon, Your Honour.

17 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. May I now ask, Mr. Blaskic, do you hear

18 me? Do you hear the proceedings correctly?

19 THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honour. I

20 can hear you well. Thank you.

21 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Blaskic. Please sit down.

22 Now, the purpose of this Status Conference is well known. I don't

23 have to elaborate on it. On the one hand, under Rule 65 bis (B) of the

24 Rules, the purpose is to allow the appellant to express any concerns he

25 may have as to his detention conditions directly or through his counsel.

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1 On the other hand, we should update the appellant with respect to the

2 status of the appeal.

3 Now, as to the first point, are there any problems concerning the

4 detention of General Blaskic or other questions?

5 MR. HAYMAN: I don't know about any problems, but you can ask Mr.

6 Blaskic.

7 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Hayman.

8 Mr. Blaskic, is there any problem that you would like to raise in

9 this context, as to your detention?

10 THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Your Honour, there are no problems

11 concerning my detention. Officials have a very professional attitude with

12 respect to me, and they conduct their obligations in a professional

13 manner.

14 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Blaskic. You know that in case any

15 problem arises, you may follow the procedures under the Rules to raise the

16 problem.

17 Well, if there is no problem of this kind, as to the status of the

18 appeal, I would only wish to say that the -- the Appeals Chamber has not

19 yet taken any decision on the motions to admit additional evidence

20 submitted by the appellant. In respect of those motions, all the briefs

21 have been filed. The Appeals Chamber is considering the motions also in

22 light of the appellant's brief on appeal that has been filed on the 13th

23 of January, and a decision will be made in due course when the Appeals

24 Chamber will have revised all the voluminous documents submitted, and

25 that's why it will take -- it still takes some time.

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1 Of course as to the -- as to the briefs, as to the appeals brief,

2 the Appeals Chamber still will have to receive the Prosecution response

3 brief and later, by the 30th of April, and by the 15th of May the

4 appellant's reply, if any.

5 Is there any problem on the -- oh. Well, there are another number

6 of pending motions concerning access to materials. Also, not all of the

7 motions pending are before the Appeals Chamber, so not all of these

8 decisions have to be made by the Appeals Chamber but some have, and I can

9 say that in a short time these questions will be disposed of in order to

10 allow the parties to have all the materials available.

11 Well, this is what I wanted to say. Is there any problem that the

12 Defence or the Prosecution would like to raise in this respect? May I ask

13 the Defence first?

14 Mr. Hayman.

15 MR. HAYMAN: Yes, no other questions for the time being. Thank

16 you.

17 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Hayman

18 Mr. Farrell.

19 MR. FARRELL: No, Your Honour. There are no matters on behalf of

20 the Prosecution. Thank you.

21 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Farrell. Well, if there are no more

22 questions that the parties would like to raise in this Status Conference -

23 I think it's now the case - I think we can adjourn the Status Conference.

24 The Status Conference stands adjourned.

25 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned

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1 at 3.35 p.m.