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Kordic and Cerkez case: Trial Chamber III denies Judgement
of Acquittal but dismisses Part of four Counts.
Following the filing by the defence in the Kordic and Cerkez trial of motions for judgement of acquittal on 17 March 2000 and oral arguments heard on 30 March 2000, Trial Chamber III denied on 6 April 2000 the Judgement for acquittal sought by the accused. However, it has determined that there is " no case to answer" in relation to counts 39, 42, 43 and 44 on some of the locations specified in the indictment.
At the hearing on 30 March 2000, the Prosecution conceded that it has not produced evidence on certain locations referred to counts 43 and 44 (destruction of institutions dedicated to religion or education) in the indictment and has agreed to amend it accordingly. These locations are:
Count 43: Divjak and Stupni Do
Count 44: Divjak
In its decision of 6 April 2000, the Trial Chamber found that there is no, or insufficient evidence on count 39 and 42 (plunder of public or private property) in relation to the following locations:
Count 39: Merdani, Putis, Ocenici, Kazagici, Behrici, Gromiljak, Visnjica, Nadioci, Pirici, Gacice, and,
Count 42: Nadioci and Pirici
This decision was issued on the eve of the beginning of the Defence’s case-in-chief, which began today.
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