note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing.
It is merely a summary.
ICTY Weekly Press Briefing
Registry and Chambers:
Jim Landale, Spokesman for Registry and Chambers,
made the following statement:
First, I would like to express
concern on behalf of the Tribunal over the reported
theft in Zagreb over the weekend of a number of
CD ROMs containing documents that relate to cases
at the Tribunal. The ICTY is looking at what the
implications of the loss of this material might
In light of this unfortunate incident,
I would like to take this opportunity to respectfully
remind the media, especially in Croatia, that the
publication of protected material, in violation
of a protective order from the ICTY, could lead
to contempt charges being made against the individual
or individuals responsible. This especially relates
to the identification of witnesses who have been
granted protective measures by a Judge at the ICTY
because it is believed that there is a genuine threat
to their security as a result of their involvement
in a case at the Tribunal.
As stipulated in the Tribunal’s
Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the violation of
protective measures by anyone, including the media,
can result in a term of imprisonment of up to seven
years and a fine of Euro 100.000.
Next Wednesday, 9 March 2005, the
President of the Tribunal, Judge Theodor Meron,
will attend and address a ceremony in Sarajevo to
mark the inauguration of the War Crimes Chamber
of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Special
Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s Office
of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
President Meron, as the Tribunal’s
representative on the Implementation Task Force
Joint Executive Board, which was lead body in coordination
between the Office of the High Representative (OHR)
and ICTY on this issue, has played an integral role
in the establishment of the Chamber, its legal framework
and related facilities such as its detention unit,
ensuring that all aspire to the highest international
While he is in Sarajevo, President
Meron will also meet with the High Representative,
Lord Ashdown, and the President of the Court of
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Judge Meddzida Kreso.
Beginning this Saturday, eight
officials from the ICTY are going to participate
in Sarajevo in a four-day training programme on
international law for the judges, prosecutors and
other staff of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court
of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Department for
War Crimes at the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia
The Tribunal views this event as an excellent opportunity
for ICTY staff from both Chambers and the Office
of the Prosecutor to meet their counterparts in
Sarajevo and to share with them the expertise and
experience gathered during the last 10 years here
in The Hague.
The Tribunal's participation in
the training programme is part of the continuing
support that we are providing to the establishment
of the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia
A group of Judges and Prosecutors from Croatia
are conducting a working visit to the Tribunal this
week. The participants are Judges and Prosecutors
designated to handle war crimes cases in Croatia
who attended seminars on International Criminal
Law organised by the Ministry of Justice of Croatia
in coordination with ICTY Outreach in 2004.
The working visit, funded by the US Government
and organised at the request of ABA-CEELI and the
Judicial Academy in Croatia and sponsored by ABA-CEELI,
is aimed at strengthening the channels of communication
between the Croatian Judiciary and the ICTY, and
thus facilitating the transfer of knowledge, experience
and relevant material, accumulated through the practice
of the ICTY, to the domestic courts.
Next, a reminder that the specially-appointed
Rule 11 bis Referral Bench composed of Judges
Orie (presiding), Kwon and Parker, will hold a hearing
tomorrow starting at 2.15 p.m. in Courtroom I to
hear submissions on the Prosecutor’s request for
the transfer of the Stankovic and the Mejakic and
others cases to Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant
to Rule 11 bis. The Government of Bosnia
and Herzegovina has been invited to attend with
regard to both cases, and the Government of Serbia
and Montenegro has been invited to attend with regard
to the Mejakic and others case, in light of its
proposal that the case be transferred to Serbia
Next week, there will be status
conferences in The Prosecutor v. Stanislav
Galic on Friday 11 March at 2.30 p.m. in Courtroom
I; The Prosecutor v. Milan Babic also on
Friday 11 March at 4 p.m. in Courtroom I.
Office of the Prosecutor:
Florence Hartmann for the Office
of the Prosecutor mentioned that Mrs. Del Ponte
would also attend the inauguration of the War Crimes
Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and
the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s
Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 9 March 2005.
The Prosecutor v. Enver Hadzihasanovic
& Amir Kubura
23 Feb 2005 – Joint Defence reply
To Prosecution Response To Joint Defence Motion
For Judicial Notice Of Adjudicated Facts.
The Prosecutor v. Mejakic
et al and Radovan Stankovic
22 Feb 2005 – Response To The Questions
Of Specially Appointed Chamber of the ICTY.
The Prosecutor v. Dragomir
24 Feb 2005 – Response To The Questions
Of Specially Appointed Chamber of the ICTY
24 Feb 2005 – Report From the War
Crimes Project of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Prosecutor v. Blagojevic
25 February 2005 – Amended Notice
The Prosecutor v. Milan Martic
25 February 2005 – Partly Confidential:
Prosecution’s Submission Of The Expert Report Of
Military Analyst Reynaud Theunens Pursuant To Rule
94bis And Motion For The Admission Of Transcripts
Pursuant To Rule 92bis(D).
25 February 2005 – Prosecution’s
Submission Of The Expert Report Of Dr. Mladen Loncar
Pursuant To Rule 94bis And Motion For The
Admission Of Transcripts Pursuant To Rule 92bis(D).