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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 9th Jun 1999

ICTY Press Briefing - 9 June 1999

note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing. It is merely
a summary.

ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 9 June 1999

Time: 11:30 a.m. 


Today, Jim Landale, Spokesman for Registry and Chambers, made the following

Dragan Kolundzija
arrived at the detention unit at 1115 p.m. on Monday night and was committed
to the custody of the Tribunal. We are still waiting for his case to be assigned
to a Trial Chamber and for a date to be set for his initial appearance. This
should happen sometime today.

Also on Monday
night, Milan Simic, who was on provisional release from the Tribunal’s
custody on grounds of ill health, returned to the detention unit. Simic, who
is disabled and confined to a wheel chair, is now being housed in a specially
adapted room that meets all the requirements and needs of someone in his condition.



Risley, Spokesman for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), announced that the
Prosecutor had noted that the G8 draft resolution language reflected properly
the authority of the Tribunal and its need to gain access to Kosovo.

also announced that the Prosecutor was currently meeting a group of lawyers
who had requested the investigation and indictment of NATO. She had received
such groups before, he said. The Prosecutor had asserted the Tribunal’s
jurisdiction over all individual participants in the territory without exception,
and he added that she stated again that she would not comment on the existence
or progress of any ongoing investigation.



Asked who the
visiting group of lawyers comprised of, Risley answered that, although he
had not met the group, he believed it consisted of five or six lawyers, including
Professor Michael Mandel from Canada.

Asked whether
the group brought information for the Tribunal whether they came soley to
discuss the possibility of indictments, Risley replied that he thought they
had brought some information.

Asked whether
the group had proposed indicting the KLA, Risley replied that he was under
the impression that the group had only wanted to discuss members of NATO.