Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Tuesday, 28 October 2003

2 [Status Conference]

3 [Open session]

4 [The appellant entered court]

5 [Defence counsel appeared via audiolink]

6 --- Upon commencing at 4.35 p.m.

7 JUDGE POCAR: Good afternoon to everybody. This Status Conference

8 is called to order.

9 Madam Registrar, would you please call the case.

10 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is Case Number

11 IT-95-14-A, The Prosecutor versus Tihomir Blaskic.

12 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. May I ask Mr. Blaskic if he understands

13 the proceedings, if there is any problem with the interpretation.

14 THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. Good afternoon,

15 Your Honour. I understand everything, and I have no problem with the

16 interpretation.

17 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Blaskic.

18 Now, may I call for appearances. Prosecution.

19 MR. FARRELL: Yes, Your Honour. I'm Norman Farrell appearing for

20 the Prosecution. With me is Ms. Kelly Howick, and our case manager,

21 Ms. Lourdes Galicia. Thank you.

22 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. For the Defence. I understand there is

23 a phone link like on other occasions.

24 MR. HAYMAN: Good afternoon, Your Honour. Appearing by phone from

25 Los Angeles for the appellant are Russell Hayman and Andrew Paley, and

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1 appearing by phone from Zagreb, Croatia is Anto Nobilo.

2 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you.

3 May I ask the Defence if there is any problem with the detention

4 of Mr. Blaskic that you want to raise at this stage.

5 MR. HAYMAN: Your Honour, this is Mr. Hayman. There are no issues

6 per se, but there have been some changes in the health status of General

7 Blastic, and I would ask you to ask him directly on that so the Court is

8 informed of his physical condition.

9 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you. Let me turn to Mr. Blaskic.

10 THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Your Honour, yet again, I was

11 diagnosed with anemia, and now I will undergo therapy that will go on for

12 about a month. And after that, I will be subjected to further

13 examinations and treatment. However, today, I can follow the proceedings,

14 and I feel able to do that.

15 JUDGE POCAR: I thank you, Mr. Blaskic. I'm sorry that your

16 health conditions are not good again. I hope this will just be

17 transitional, and that you will be fine soon. So my best wishes for that.

18 If there is any problem, I'm happy you can follow the hearing today. But

19 if there is any problem, you will tell me.

20 THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Certainly. Thank you very much.

21 JUDGE POCAR: Well, let's come to the status of this appeal which

22 is approaching his -- its final stage. I want to tell the parties that

23 the Appeals Chamber has now finalised the analysis of the additional

24 evidence submitted by the appellant and of the rebuttal evidence proffered

25 by the Prosecution.

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1 I can say that a decision concerning the admission of the evidence

2 concerning all the status of the evidence will be issued shortly. When I

3 say "shortly," it means within this week. So very shortly. And that will

4 indicate all the evidence that has been admitted and what has not been

5 admitted by the Appeals Chamber.

6 At the same time, or maybe one day later, an order, a scheduling

7 order, will be issued by the Appeals Chamber that will set out a time

8 schedule and will concern maybe some organisational aspects for the

9 subsequent course of the appeal with a view to coming to its final

10 consideration. This is what I can tell the parties at this moment.

11 Is there any comment on that by the Prosecution, or any

12 observation?

13 MR. FARRELL: No, none, except for to say thank you.

14 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Farrell.

15 Mr. Hayman, do you have any question to raise -- or any comment to

16 make or any question to raise at this moment?

17 MR. HAYMAN: None, Your Honour. We will await the Chamber's

18 order.

19 JUDGE POCAR: Okay. Thank you. Of course the parties know that

20 there are a number of pending motions still that concern mainly access to

21 documents with respect to different appeals. I can't say anything about

22 these motions. As the parties know, they require a decision of the full

23 Bench. And as the Presiding Pre-Appeal Judge in this case, I can only

24 inform you that all the submissions are being carefully considered. And

25 that we'll come to decisions as soon as possible.

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1 Well, I don't have anything else to tell the parties at this

2 stage. May I again ask the parties if they have any other issue to raise.

3 Prosecution, please.

4 MR. FARRELL: There are no other issues on behalf of the

5 Prosecution. Thank you.

6 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Farrell.

7 Mr. Hayman?

8 MR. HAYMAN: None, Your Honour. Thank you.

9 JUDGE POCAR: Thank you, Mr. Hayman. Then such being the case,

10 this Status Conference stands adjourned.

11 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned

12 at 4.43 p.m.