Judge Richard May, Presiding
Judge Mohamed Bennouna
Judge Patrick Robinson

Dorothee de Sampayo Garrido-Nijgh

Order of:
4 May 2000







Office of the Prosecutor:

Ms. Carla Del Ponte
Mr. Nicola Piacente
Ms. Brenda Hollis

Counsel for the Accused:

Mr. Goran Neskovic


I, RICHARD MAY, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 ("International Tribunal")

HAVING BEEN APPOINTED as pre-trial Judge in this matter by virtue of an order of the Trial Chamber dated 13 April 2000,

BEING SEISED of a Motion for extension of time filed on 2 May 2000 by the Defence ("the Request"), seeking an extension of time in which to file preliminary motions pursuant to Rule 72 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal ("the Rules") until thirty days after collection by defence counsel of the supporting material accompanying the indictment,

NOTING that the initial appearance of the accused was held on 7 April 2000 and that, pursuant to Rule 66 (A)(i) of the Rules, the Office of the Prosecutor ("Prosecution") is required to disclose the supporting material accompanying the indictment to the defence within thirty days thereof, that is, by 7 May 2000,

NOTING the "Notice of Attempted Disclosure of Supporting Material Accompanying the Indictment" filed by the Prosecution on 14 April 2000, setting out the difficulties encountered by the Prosecution at that date as a result of the accused not having appointed counsel and refusing to accept personal service of the material,

NOTING also the assignment by the Registrar of the International Tribunal of Mr. Goran Neskovic as counsel to the accused, effective 24 April 2000,

CONSIDERING that the Registry of the International Tribunal has advised that counsel for the accused received the supporting material on 2 May 2000,

CONSIDERING that, in these circumstances, the reasons given in support of the Request constitute good cause for the purpose of Rule 127 of the Rules,

PURSUANT TO Rule 127 of the Rules,

HEREBY GRANT the Request and ORDER as follows:

  1. the Prosecution shall by Thursday 11 May 2000 confirm to the pre-trial Judge that the material supplied to counsel for the accused consists of all of the supporting material that accompanied the indictment at confirmation; and
  2. subject to such confirmation, the Defence shall have until Thursday 1 June 2000 to file its preliminary motions pursuant to Rule 72 of the Rules.

Done in English and French, the English text being authoritative.


Richard May
Presiding Judge

Dated this fourth day of May 2000
At The Hague
The Netherlands

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