1 THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL Case No. IT-96-22-PT
2 FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
3 IN THE TRIAL CHAMBER
4 Wednesday, 29th May 1996
6 JUDGE GABRIELLE MCDONALD
7 (The Presiding Judge)
8 JUDGE SIDHWA
9 JUDGE VOHRAH
10 THE PROSECUTOR OF THE TRIBUNAL
12 DRAZEN ERDEMOVIC
13 MR. ERIC OSTBERG and MR. MARK HARMON appeared on behalf of the Office
14 of the Prosecutor
15 MR. JOVAN BABIC appeared on behalf of the Defence
16 MR. DJORDE LOPICIC appeared on behalf of The Government of the Federal
17 Republic of Yugoslavia
18 (Open Session)
19 Wednesday, 29th May 1996
20 (10.00 a.m.)
21 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: Good morning. Yesterday we had the hearing on
22 the Prosecutor's application for deferral in this matter. Today we
23 will announce the disposition. It is as follows:
24 (The decision of the Trial Chamber was read)
25 Are there additional matters that need to be considered at this time
1 from the Prosecutor, please?
2 MR. OSTBERG: No, your Honour.
3 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: From Mr. Babic? Are there any additional
4 matters, Mr. Babic, that you wish to raise at this time?
5 MR. BABIC [Original in Serbo-Croat]: No, your Honour, there is
6 nothing special. I would just like to say the following. I would just
7 like to share with you one remark. The decisions are being made in a
8 very short time, and that could be at the detriment of the preparation
9 of the Defence counsel. Therefore, I would like to ask you to try to
10 avoid it in the future to the extent, if possible.
11 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: Mr. Babic, how is the defence counsel suffering
12 to its detriment?
13 MR. BABIC: If we were to have soon the first hearing, the initial
14 appearance and the indictment, before this Trial Chamber, this would
15 leave us very short time to communicate with the accused and to
16 prepare thoroughly our defence.
17 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: This, you understand, is not an indictment. This
18 is merely the decision with respect to the deferral application. You
19 understand that?
20 MR. BABIC: Yes, I understand it absolutely, but that would be the
21 procedure. I mean, now what we can expect is the indictment according
22 to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. I mean, this was just a
23 remark; I just wanted to say that we should try to avoid to have very
24 short notices. Thank you.
25 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: Very good. Thank you. Mr. Lopicic, are there
1 additional matters you wish to raise at this time?
2 MR. LOPICIC: No, thank you.
3 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: No, thank you very much. Anything else from the
5 MR. OSTBERG: No, your Honour.
6 THE PRESIDING JUDGE: Very good. Thank you. We are adjourned.
7 (The hearing adjourned)