Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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 1                           Tuesday, 24 June 2014

 2                           [Status Conference]

 3                           [Open session]

 4                           [The appellant entered court]

 5                           --- Upon commencing at 3.17 p.m.

 6             JUDGE MERON:  Please be seated.

 7             Registrar, will you please call the case.

 8             THE REGISTRAR:  Good afternoon, Your Honour.  Case number

 9     IT-05-88/2-A, the Prosecutor versus Mr. Tolimir.

10             JUDGE MERON:  Let me begin by ensuring that the audio equipment

11     is functioning properly.

12             Mr. Tolimir, can you hear the proceedings in a language you

13     understand?

14             THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Yes.

15             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Tolimir.

16             Prosecution, can you hear the proceedings in a language you

17     understand?

18             MR. MILANINIA:  Yes, Mr. President.

19             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you.

20             Appearances by the parties.

21             For the Prosecution.

22             MR. MILANINIA:  Yes, Mr. President.  Nema Milaninia on behalf of

23     the Prosecution, together with my colleague Mr. Kyle Wood, and our Case

24     Manager, Ms. Janet Stewart.

25             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you.

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 1             For Mr. Tolimir.  Of course, you are self-represented and --

 2             THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Thank you, Mr. President.  I'm

 3     Tolimir, and I'm accompanied by my legal assistant and representative,

 4     Dr. Aleksandar Gajic.

 5             Thank you.

 6             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Tolimir, and thank you, Mr. Gajic.

 7             The right of audience, you will recall, of Mr. Gajic has been

 8     limited to addressing legal or administrative issues during Status

 9     Conferences.

10             As you are aware, Rule 65 bis (B) of the Rules of Procedure and

11     Evidence requires a Status Conference to be convened within 120 days

12     after the filing of a Notice of Appeal and, thereafter, within 120 days

13     after the last Status Conference for each appellant in the Tribunal's

14     custody.

15             A Status Conference serves two primary purposes:  First, it

16     allows appellants an opportunity to express concerns relating to their

17     appeal or detention conditions.  Second, it provides an opportunity to

18     update the appellants with respect to the status of their case.  The

19     Status Conference is also an opportunity for the Tribunal to inquire

20     about the mental and physical condition of the detained persons.

21             In the present case, the last Status Conference was held on

22     25 February 2014.  Thus, this Status Conference is taking place before

23     the expiration of the 120-day period specified in the Rule 65 bis (B).

24     Today's Status Conference was scheduled by the Scheduling Order issued on

25     13 May 2014.

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 1             I turn to the health of the appellant.

 2             Let me ask you, Mr. Tolimir, about your health.  And, if you

 3     wish, I can close the session to enable you to speak in privacy.

 4             Would you like me to close the hearing?

 5             THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Thank you, Mr. President.  There

 6     is no need to go into closed session because I don't really want to say

 7     anything that has to do with my medical condition or the state of my

 8     health.

 9             Thank you.

10             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Tolimir.  Then we will proceed with

11     an open session.

12             Let me turn to recent procedural history.  Update on the case.

13             During the last Status Conference on 25 February 2014, as

14     Pre-Appeal Judge, I ordered Mr. Tolimir and the Prosecution to file

15     public versions of their briefs by 27 March 2014, redacting any

16     confidential information.

17             The public redacted versions of all the relevant briefs have been

18     duly filed.

19             Pursuant to the Appeals Chamber decision of 20 June 2014, in

20     response to Mr. Tolimir's request, his legal advisor, Mr. Gajic, has been

21     authorised to make oral submissions at the appeal hearings.

22             Issues raised by the parties.  Do parties have any other issues

23     that they would like to raise at this time?

24             Let me first turn to the Prosecution.

25             MR. MILANINIA:  No, Mr. President, we have no issues at this

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 1     time.

 2             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Prosecutor.

 3             Mr. Tolimir, do you have any other issues that you would like to

 4     raise?  I see that Mr. Gajic is signaling no answer.  So there are no --

 5             THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Thank you.

 6             JUDGE MERON:  So there are no issues.

 7             Mr. Tolimir, you would like to say something?

 8             THE APPELLANT: [Interpretation] Thank you, Your Honour.  I don't

 9     have anything to say.

10             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Tolimir.

11             Since there are no other matters to be raised, I thank the

12     parties for their attendance and call the proceedings to a close.

13                 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned at 3.25 p.m.