Case No. IT-99-37-PT

IN THE TRIAL CHAMBER

Before:
Judge Richard May, Presiding
Judge Patrick Robinson
Judge O-Gon Kwon

Registrar:
Mr. Hans Holthuis

Decision:
4 December 2003

PROSECUTOR

v.

MILAN MILUTINOVIC
DRAGOLJUB OJDANIC
NIKOLA SAINOVIC

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DECISION ON PROSECUTION MOTION FOR JOINDER

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The Office of the Prosecutor:

Ms. Carla Del Ponte

Counsel for the Accused:

Mr. Eugene OíSullivan and Mr. Slobodan Zecevic, for Milan Milutinovic
Mr. Toma Fila, Mr. Zoran Jovanovic, and Mr. Goran Petrovic for Nikola Sainovic
Mr. Tomislav Visnjic, Mr. Peter Robinson, and Mr. Vojislav Selezan, for Dragoljub Ojdanic

 

THIS TRIAL CHAMBER 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"),

BEING SEISED of a "Prosecutionís Motion for Joinder" ("the Motion"), signed by the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal ("Prosecution") and filed on 5 November 2003, seeking to join the three accused in this case with the four persons accused in Case No. IT-03-70-I, and for all seven accused to be jointly charged and tried under one joint amended indictment,

NOTING the response to the Motion filed by the defence for Nikola Sainovic on 18 November 2003, objecting to the proposed joinder and requesting an oral hearing on the Motion, together with the Prosecution reply thereto filed on 26 November 2003, without leave, contrary to Rule 126 bis of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal,

CONSIDERING that the Trial Chamber is not seised of the proceedings in Case No. IT-03-70-I,

CONSIDERING ALSO that warrants of arrest have been issued for the accused in that case but that those persons have not yet surrendered to the International Tribunal,

CONSIDERING that, in the view of the Trial Chamber, the Motion is prematurely filed and that the issue of joinder only becomes ripe for resolution when one or more of the accused in Case No. IT-03-70-I surrenders to or is brought before the International Tribunal,

HEREBY DENIES the Motion without prejudice to the right of the Prosecution to apply again as and when any of the accused in Case No. IT-03-70-I appears before the International Tribunal.

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

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Richard May
Presiding

Dated this fourth day of December 2003
At The Hague
The Netherlands

[Seal of the Tribunal]