1 Wednesday, 28 June 2006
2 [Open session]
3 [Status Conference]
4 [The accused entered court]
5 --- Upon commencing at 5.36 p.m.
6 JUDGE MERON: Good afternoon. Madam Registrar, will you please
7 call the case.
8 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is the case
9 number IT-99-36-A, the Prosecutor versus Radoslav Brdjanin.
10 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
11 Mr. Brdjanin, I would like to make sure that you can understand
12 and hear the proceedings in a language that you are familiar with.
13 Mr. Brdjanin.
14 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] [No interpretation].
15 THE INTERPRETER: Microphone, please.
16 JUDGE MERON: Microphone, Mr. Brdjanin, please.
17 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Good afternoon to everyone. I can
18 follow in a language I can understand.
19 JUDGE MERON: [Previous translation continues] ... could I now
20 have -- please have the appearances for the parties.
21 The Prosecution.
22 MS. BRADY: Thank you, Your Honour. Helen Brady appearing on
23 behalf of the Prosecution, together with Katharina Margetts, and our case
24 manager Ms. Lourdes Galicia.
25 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Brady.
1 I understand that Mr. Ackerman, counsel for the Defence, is
2 supposed to be appearing by telephone. The Registrar, is Mr. Ackerman on
3 the line?
4 THE REGISTRAR: No, Your Honour.
5 JUDGE MERON: Would you please inform the Court whether the
6 Registry has had any contact with Mr. Ackerman today.
7 THE REGISTRAR: No, Your Honour. We did not have any contact with
8 Mr. Ackerman today.
9 JUDGE MERON: Could you kindly confirm for the record that the
10 order scheduling the Status Conference was sent to Mr. Ackerman?
11 THE REGISTRAR: Yes, Your Honour. It's been sent to Mr. Ackerman.
12 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Registrar.
13 Unfortunately, Mr. Ackerman's absence somewhat limits what we can
14 do today.
15 Mr. Brdjanin, it appears that your counsel is not on the line. I
16 want to give you the option of whether to proceed or not in light of
17 Mr. Ackerman's absence. If you decide to proceed, I will only ask you
18 questions about your mental or physical health. We will not discuss any
19 other issue relevant to the appeals in this case.
20 So I will ask you, Mr. Brdjanin, whether you wish to proceed, and
21 be asked about your mental and physical health; or would you prefer to
22 adjourn this Status Conference and reconvene it when Mr. Ackerman is
23 present or on the phone?
24 Before you answer, which channel am I supposed to be on?
25 [Trial Chamber and registrar confer]
1 JUDGE MERON: Number 4. Yeah.
2 You may proceed, Mr. Brdjanin.
3 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] We may continue, Your Honour, as far
4 as I'm concerned.
5 JUDGE MERON: Okay. Thank you, Mr. Brdjanin. Let me then ask you
6 whether you have any concerns regarding your physical or mental
8 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] As concerns my well-being, I have no
9 issues to raise. I can only say that it is as old as I am.
10 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Mr. Brdjanin. You may be seated.
11 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] May I inquire something about the
12 appeal itself?
13 JUDGE MERON: We are working on it, Mr. Brdjanin, and we will --
14 we will try to schedule the hearing as soon as we can. I can assure you
15 that we are working hard on your case.
16 Any other questions, Mr. Brdjanin?
17 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] I didn't have in mind the case in
18 its entirety. I just wanted to see whether I could be given the appeal in
19 my own language, in a language I can understand.
20 JUDGE MERON: I will check into the status of translations and we
21 will let you know where we are standing, we are on that. Okay?
22 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Thank you very much.
23 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
24 So, again, because of the situation that has arisen, I have
25 avoided going into any questions pertaining to the respective appeals.
1 And I will not do that now.
2 We will wait and deal with other issues, namely the issues
3 pertaining to the appeals when the Defence counsel is with us.
4 Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will be able to have a conference
5 dealing with these issues 120 days of our 1 March 2006 Status Conference.
6 I want to note for the record that the Appeals Chamber scheduled a
7 Status Conference within 120 days of the last Status Conference, and that
8 our inability today to let the parties raise all issues normally raised at
9 a Status Conference is due to the fact that Defence counsel did not appear
10 today, either in person or on the phone.
11 That said, I thank the Prosecution, and I thank Mr. Brdjanin for
12 their attendance today, and I call the proceedings to a close.
13 Thank you very much.
14 --- Whereupon the hearing adjourned at 5.44 p.m.