1 Thursday, 9 May 2013
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 [The accused entered court]
5 --- Upon commencing at 2.47 p.m.
6 JUDGE ROBINSON: Mr. Registrar, please call the case.
7 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is the case
8 number IT-05-88-A, the Prosecutor versus Popovic et al. Thank you.
9 JUDGE ROBINSON: And the appearances, beginning with the
11 MS. SOLJAN: Good afternoon, Your Honour, everybody. On behalf
12 of the Prosecution, my name is Lada Soljan, and my colleagues
13 Virginie Monchy and Janet Stewart.
14 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
16 MS. TAPUSKOVIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honours. I
17 am Mira Tapuskovic, co-counsel for Vujadin Popovic.
18 MR. OSTOJIC: Good afternoon, Your Honour. My name is
19 John Ostojic. I am here on behalf of Mr. Ljubisa Beara.
20 MS. NIKOLIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honours.
21 Jelena Nikolic, attorney-at-law, appearing on behalf of Mr. Nikolic.
22 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
23 And Mr. Miletic.
24 MS. FAUVEAU: Good afternoon, Your Honour.
25 Natacha Fauveau-Ivanovic, together with my co-counsel, Mr. Nenad Petrusic
1 for Radivoje Miletic.
2 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
3 And for Mr. Pandurevic.
4 MR. HAYNES: Good afternoon, Your Honour, Peter Haynes and
5 Simon Davis for Vinko Pandurevic.
6 JUDGE ROBINSON: As you know, this appeal previously had six
7 Defence Appellants, but the appellate proceedings with respect to
8 Milan Gvero were terminated by the Appeals Chamber in a decision on the
9 7th of March, 2013, following his death. On behalf of the Tribunal, I'd
10 like to extend my sincere condolences to his family.
11 I begin with a summary of recent decisions apart from the
12 termination decision to which I just referred. First, on the
13 30th of January, 2013, the Appeals Chamber issued a decision granting an
14 urgent motion filed by Mr. Popovic for custodial release on compassionate
15 grounds, and similar to this decision on 7th February 2013, the
16 Appeals Chamber issued a decision on the Prosecution's urgent motion
17 concerning the sufficiency of guarantees received in support of
18 Mr. Popovic's custodial release.
19 On the 20th of February, 2013, the Chamber granted in part
20 Mr. Ratko Mladic's request for access to confidential to material in the
21 Popovic et al. case. On the 7th of March, the Chamber issued a decision
22 terminating appellate proceedings in relation to Mr. Milan Gvero. And
23 finally, on the 15th of April, 2013, the Chamber issued a decision
24 denying two motions filed by Mr. Miletic, his first and second motions
25 pursuant to Rule 115.
1 May I follow-up on the Appeals Chamber's public decision on the
2 motion by Ratko Mladic for access to confidential information dated the
3 20th of February, 2013. You recall that pursuant to that decision, the
4 Prosecution and the Defence teams were ordered, among other things, to
5 file before the Appeals Chamber and the Registry within 10 working days
6 from the date of that decision lists identifying material related to
7 personal information about the Popovic et al. case, Defence and their
8 family members, as well as lists identifying any material provided under
9 Rule 70 of the Rules.
10 I have to note that the Defence for Mr. Beara has not yet filed
11 these lists. I've been informed by the Registry that the Beara Defence
12 sought to file a notice on this issue in April, but due to an incorrect
13 cover page it could not be filed. I therefore order that the Defence for
14 Mr. Beara file these lists by Friday, the 10th of May, 2013.
15 I now provide a brief summary of the status of the pending
16 motions before the Appeals Chamber in this case. The Chamber is
17 currently seized of, one, two motions filed by Mr. Popovic, his third and
18 fourth motions pursuant to Rule 115, filed on the 15th of August, 2011,
19 and the 19th of September, 2011, respectively. All responses and replies
20 have been received by the Appeals Chamber and the motions remain under
21 consideration by the Chamber.
22 I remind all parties of their obligation to provide translations
23 of all documents and exhibits filed into one of the working languages of
24 the Tribunal.
25 Secondly, a motion filed on the 18th of March, 2013, by
1 Dr. Radovan Karadzic requesting access to exculpatory non-privileged
2 material. The Prosecution filed its response on the 27th of March, 2013,
3 and the motion remains under consideration by the Chamber.
4 Let me touch upon one matter that was raised at the last
5 Status Conference. I refer to the request by counsel for Mr. Nikolic,
6 which was joined by counsel for Mr. Beara, that a minimum of two months'
7 notice be given by the Chamber to the parties before the oral hearing in
8 this case takes place. At that time I told the parties that this request
9 would be taken into consideration. It is still too soon to begin the
10 formal process of scheduling the appeals hearing, but it would certainly
11 be the expectation of the Chamber to issue a Scheduling Order at least
12 two months in advance of the scheduled hearing dates.
13 I turn now to the question of conditions of detention and the
14 state of health, and I will ask each appellant whether he wishes to raise
15 any concerns regarding his health or the conditions of detention.
16 Mr. Popovic, do you have anything to raise?
17 THE APPELLANT POPOVIC: [Interpretation] Your Honour, as regards
18 the life in the Detention Unit, there are no issues to raise. However, I
19 would like to express my gratitude personally to the Appeals Chamber to
20 have released me following my mother's death, and I believe I have fully
21 justified the reasons for that and that your trust placed in me in
22 releasing me was justified in the same vein. Thank you.
23 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you, Mr. Popovic. It was the least we
24 could do in the circumstances, and again our apologies on the passing of
25 your mother.
1 Mr. Beara.
2 THE APPELLANT BEARA: [Interpretation] Nothing to raise,
3 Your Honour.
4 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
5 Mr. Nikolic.
6 THE APPELLANT NIKOLIC: [Interpretation] Mr. President, I am of
7 good health and there are no other issues to raise. Thank you.
8 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
9 Mr. Miletic.
10 THE APPELLANT MILETIC: [Interpretation] Mr. President, there are
11 no particular issues to raise.
12 THE INTERPRETER: Interpreter's note: Could Mr. Popovic's
13 microphone be switched off. Thank you.
14 JUDGE ROBINSON: Mr. Pandurevic.
15 THE APPELLANT PANDUREVIC: [Interpretation] Your Honour,
16 everything is fine. There is nothing to raise. Thank you.
17 JUDGE ROBINSON: Thank you.
18 And I now ask whether there are any additional matters to be
19 raised by the Prosecution or the Defence on behalf of the Prosecution?
20 MS. SOLJAN: Your Honour, the Prosecution has no issues to raise
21 at this time.
22 JUDGE ROBINSON: Yes.
23 MS. SOLJAN: Thank you.
24 JUDGE ROBINSON: Any of the Defence teams? It appears that there
25 is no issue to be raised by the Defence teams.
1 And there being no other matters for consideration, the hearing
2 is adjourned.
3 --- Whereupon the Status Conference
4 adjourned at 2.59 p.m.