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ICTY Press Briefing - 23 September 2015


Date: 23.09.2015
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Registry and Chambers:

Nenad Golčevski, Acting Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:

Good afternoon,

I’ll turn first to the court schedule. A Status Conference has been scheduled in the case of Radovan Karadzic to take place on 29 September at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 1.

In the case of Mico Stanišić and Stojan Župljanin a Status Conference has been scheduled to take place on 15 October at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom I.

This week in the courtrooms, in the case of Ratko Mladćc, the Chamber is currently hearing the testimony of a ballistics expert Zorica Subotić. She is the 186th Defence witness.

Moving onto Tribunal activities, the fourth feature-length documentary produced by the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme, Crimes before the ICTY: Central Bosnia, premiered on 9 September at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The screening was attended by diplomats, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, academics, government officials and students.

The documentary focuses on the Tribunal’s cases concerning crimes that were committed in the area of Lašva Valley and its surroundings from 1993 to 1995. Through testimonies of victims, interviews with ICTY prosecutors and documentary material used as evidence in the court, the film tells the story of the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of war crimes committed in Central Bosnia.

I’ll turn now to several decisions issued by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.

In an Order made public on 27 August, President Meron set out that Vujadin Popović should serve his sentence in Germany. Popović, Chief of Security of the Drina Corps of the Bosnian Serb Army was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide and other crimes committed in the area of Srebrenica and Žepa in July 1995. Popović was transferred to Germany on 24 August.

In two separate decisions, President Meron granted the early release motions for Nikola Šainović and Dragan Zelenović. In his decisions, President Meron stated that both accused had served two-thirds of their sentence and had demonstrated signs of rehabilitation.  


No questions were asked.