Case No.: IT-02-54-T

IN THE TRIAL CHAMBER

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

Registrar:
Mr. Hans Holthuis

Order of:
13 November 2002

 

PROSECUTOR
v.
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC

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ORDER ON PROSECUTIONíS MOTION TO ADMIT DOCUMENTS RELATING TO HELENA RANTA

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The Office of the Prosecutor

Mr. Geoffrey Nice
Mr. Dirk Ryneveld
Ms. Hildegaard Uertz-Regzlaff
Mr. Dermot Groome

The Accused

Slobodan Milosevic

Amicus Curiae

Mr. Steven Kay
Mr. Branislav Tapuskovic

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 ("the International Tribunal"),

BEING SEISED of a "Prosecutionís Motion to Admit Documents Relating to Helena Ranta" filed by the Office of the Prosecutor ("Prosecution") on 15 October 2002 ("the Motion"), in which the Prosecution seeks the admission of a press interview with Helena Ranta, a forensic scientist, and a letter written by her commenting on the interview, addressing a forensic report conducted after the events at Racak in January 1999,

NOTING the observations filed by the Prosecution on 15 October 2002, commenting on, inter alia, the document marked for identification as Defence Exhibit D2, which document also addresses the forensic reports conducted after the events at Racak in January 1999,

NOTING the observations on the Motion raised by the amici curiae in a filing of 1 November 2002,

CONSIDERING that the Trial Chamber is of the view that the materials proffered by both the Prosecution in the Motion and by the accused in the document marked for identification as Defence Exhibit D2 do not assist the Trial Chamber in determining the reliability and probative value of the material already before it,

CONSIDERING that the Trial Chamber wishes to hear the evidence of Helena Ranta in person,

PURSUANT TO Rules 89 and 98 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal,

HEREBY DENIES the Motion and ORDERS as follows:

  1. Helena Ranta will be summoned by the Trial Chamber to testify at a date to be notified;
  2. The Registrar of the International Tribunal shall ensure that the witness is provided with a copy of this Order and any subsequent Orders and that the necessary practical arrangements are made to enable the witness to attend; and
  3. the document marked for identification as Defence Exhibit D2 remains marked for identification purposes only.

 

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

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Richard May Presiding

Dated this thirteenth day of November 2002
At The Hague
The Netherlands

[Seal of the Tribunal]