(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 28 September 2005
Today, 28 September 2005, Trial Chamber I issued a warrant for arrest and order for surrender for Josip Jovic after he failed to appear before the Tribunal as he had been ordered. The accused was required to enter a plea at the Tribunal Monday 26 September 2005 to one count of contempt of the Tribunal in The Prosecutor v. Tihomir Blaskic case.
On Friday 23 September 2005, the Defence counsel for Josip Jovic filed a motion on his behalf requesting a postponement of the initial appearance. The motion was denied the same day, with the accused being instructed through his counsel to attend court for the initial appearance.
The Order requests that the Tribunal's Registrar arrange with the relevant authorities of the Republic of Croatia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the transfer of the accused to and from the Tribunal.
Hard copies of the Order may be requested from the Media Office. Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal's website.