Press Release . Communiqué de presse
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 4 September 2001
THE FIRST SIX AD LITEM JUDGES TO MAKE THEIR SOLEMN DECLARATIONS AT THE ICTY ON THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2001
On Thursday 6 September 2001, the first six ad-litem Judges will be invited to make their solemn declarations, pursuant to Rule 14 of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence, at 5.30 p.m. in Courtroom I. The declarations will be witnessed by the Registrar of the Tribunal, Hans Holthuis, on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The first six ad
litem Judges are:
Mr. Amarjeet Singh (Singapore)
Ms. Maureen Harding Clark (Ireland)
Ms. Ivana Janu (Czech Republic)
Ms. Chikako Taya (Japan)
Ms. Fatoumata Diarra (Mali)
Ms. Sharon A. Williams (Canada)
The President of the Tribunal, Judge Claude Jorda, expressed the view that "the appointment of the ad litem Judges is a significant turning point in the history of the Tribunal in that it will allow the Trial Chambers to double their judgement capacity to six simultaneous trials by the end of January 2002.
The arrival of the ad litem Judges is also the conclusion of a long process which began in January 2000 and which is timely considering the recent pace of arrests and surrenders."
In the coming days, the ad-litem Judges will be assigned by President Jorda to one of the following three trials which are expected to begin on 10 September 2001:
The Prosecutor v. Blagoje Simic, Milan Simic, Miroslav Tadic, Simo Zaric
The Prosecutor v. Mladen Naletilic, Vinko Martinovic
The Prosecutor v. Mitar Vasiljevic
Representatives of the media are welcome to view the ceremony from the public gallery of Courtroom I.
Biographies for the ad litem Judges are available from the ICTY Press Office.