1 Friday, 28 November 2003
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 [The accused entered court]
5 --- Upon commencing at 2.29 p.m.
6 JUDGE ORIE: Madam Registrar, would you please call the case.
7 THE REGISTRAR: Case number IT-01-42/2-I, the Prosecutor versus
8 Vladimir Kovacevic.
9 JUDGE ORIE: Thank you, Madam Registrar.
10 Mr. Kovacevic, can you hear me in a language you understand?
11 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Yes, I can, Your Honour.
12 JUDGE ORIE: I was on the wrong channel. Could you repeat your
13 answer, please.
14 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] I can hear you.
15 JUDGE ORIE: Thank you, Mr. Kovacevic.
16 May I have the appearances. The Prosecution first.
17 MS. SOMERS: For the Prosecution Susan L. Somers, senior trial
18 attorney, Mr. Philip Weiner, co-counsel and Ms. Victoria McCreath, case
20 JUDGE ORIE: Thank you, Ms. Somers.
21 And for the Defence.
22 MS. RADOSAVLJEVIC: [Interpretation] Tanja Radosavljevic.
23 JUDGE ORIE: Thank you, Ms. Radosavljevic.
24 First of all, good afternoon to all of you both in and outside
25 the courtroom.
1 As announced on the 3rd of November during the Initial
2 Appearance, the Chamber decided that we'll meet within the 30 days as we
3 find them in the year, in the Rules, the 30 days in which, under normal
4 circumstances, a plea would be entered. Since there might be a few
5 medical issues to be discussed, I suggest to the parties that we'd go
6 into private session in order to be able to freely discuss rather
7 personal and medical matters.
8 I see no objections. Therefore, Madam Registrar, I'd like to go
9 in private session.
10 [Private session]
12 Pages 192 to 202 redacted, private session
4 [Open session]
5 JUDGE ORIE: We now are in open session again, after having
6 discussed mainly medical issues in private session.
7 Ms. Radosavljevic, is there any other issue you'd like to raise
8 now in open session?
9 MS. RADOSAVLJEVIC: No, Your Honour, not for the moment.
10 JUDGE ORIE: Not for the moment.
11 Not for the Prosecution either.
12 Then as far as the timing of the medical examination is
13 concerned, I did understand that the assignment is about to take place
14 and that one of the reasons why number 1 of the list was not chosen is
15 availability, that's -- although, the difference in time -- the delay
16 caused by that would not have been very substantial; but nevertheless,
17 the -- it is preferred to have the report as soon as possible.
18 I take it that it will take, to prepare the report, one or two
19 weeks, but I have to ask you to get in touch with the Registrar, who's
20 finally responsible for the assignment of these experts.
21 The Chamber, however, wants to be informed on a regular basis,
22 and the Chamber intends to have an appearance with regular intervals so
23 that we don't lose track; that is to say, that at approximately every 30
24 days we would have an appearance, at least a court hearing, in which the
25 Chamber is further informed about the progress made up till that moment.
1 These hearings will be scheduled after consultation with counsel, in
2 order not to create a situation where unnecessary travelling is needed to
3 attend those hearings; and that's especially too for the -- for the
4 Defence, I would say.
5 If there's no further issue to be discussed at this moment, I
6 announce that a decision on granting a further delay for entering a plea
7 will be delivered on shortest notice; that means within a couple of days.
8 And we now are adjourned.
9 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned
10 at 3.00 p.m.