1 Monday, 21 November 2005
2 [Open session]
3 [The accused not present in court]
4 --- Upon commencing at 9.01 a.m.
5 JUDGE ROBINSON: We have been advised that, on account of his ill
6 health, the accused will not be attending court today. We expect a report
7 on his current medical condition from the detention doctor, Dr. Falke,
8 later today. And then you'll recall that we had ordered reports from the
9 treating cardiologist and the treating ENT specialist. Those reports we
10 should get later today as well. And when we have studied those reports
11 along with the report from Dr. Falke on the current condition of the
12 accused, we will be in a position to determine what to do about sittings,
13 further sittings. It may be that we'll make an order later today.
14 MR. KAY: Does Your Honour know if there will be a hearing
15 tomorrow anyway?
16 JUDGE ROBINSON: That's what I am trying to determine, Mr. Kay. I
17 would rather put it this way: We'll be in a position to make that
18 determination when we have received the reports on his current medical
19 condition as well as the reports which we had ordered last week from the
20 ENT specialist and the cardiologist. So we'll make an order later today,
21 I would think, which would say whether there will be a sitting tomorrow.
22 MR. KAY: Thank you. We can be in touch, anyway, with the Chamber
23 in relation to any sitting for tomorrow at whatever time.
24 JUDGE ROBINSON: Certainly.
25 MR. NICE: Your Honour, I would invite the Chamber to consider the
1 sense, or the good sense of ensuring that Mr. Kay and the witness in
2 waiting get together, because the time may have come when it will be
3 appropriate for Mr. Kay to be leading evidence again whether the accused
4 is here or not. Now, the witness Sel, who doesn't have a very great
5 number of exhibits, I think, has been here many days and no doubt, through
6 the offices of the associates of the accused or through the Registry or
7 through the pro se liaison officer, preparing to call that witness is
8 something that Mr. Kay and Ms. Higgins could be getting on with.
9 [Trial Chamber confers]
10 JUDGE ROBINSON: Mr. Kay may be in a perpetual state of readiness,
11 but the Chamber does not consider it appropriate at this time to instruct
12 him to get in touch with witnesses. As I said, we are waiting on two sets
13 of reports, and when we have examined those reports we'll be in a better
14 position to determine what to do about the future conduct of the trial.
15 It may very well that the accused will be here tomorrow.
16 MR. NICE: And Your Honour, for our part, we will be available
17 today for any further hearing --
18 THE INTERPRETER: Microphone, please, Mr. Nice.
19 MR. NICE: We, for our part, will be available today for any
20 further short hearing, and given the time that's already passed without
21 evidence being called, I would be pressing the Chamber to consider
22 alternative means of ensuring the case moves ahead if ill health does look
23 like continuing. I can only repeat the point I made last week, I think,
24 that this evidence is particularly the sort of evidence that typically
25 wouldn't require necessarily the presence of an accused to hear it, but
1 I've made that point already.
2 JUDGE ROBINSON: Yes, we have your submissions on that, Mr. Nice.
3 We are adjourned.
4 --- Whereupon the hearing adjourned sine die
5 at 9.07 a.m.