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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 19 March 2014

Date: 19 March 2014
Registry and Chambers:

Magdalena Spalińska, Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:

Good afternoon,
In the Mladić case both the Defence and the Prosecution have completed their Rule 98bis submissions today. The Mladić Defence has asked the Chamber to dismiss two genocide counts, as well as a number of incidents and liabilities, from the indictment. The Prosecution has asked the Chamber to dismiss all of the Defence's arguments. The oral judgement on the Defence motion for acquittal will be rendered in due course.

In the case of Milomir Stakić, MICT President Theodor Meron provisionally recognised a remission of 30 months of Stakić’s sentence, after having been informed by the authorities in France – where Stakić is serving his sentence - that he was eligible under French law for partial remission. The President stressed that this recognition is provisional and need not necessarily be taken into account when calculating the amount of time served for other purposes, for example Stakić’s eligibility for early release.

Finally, I will now highlight several upcoming events.
In the case of Stanišić and Župljanin, a status conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, 9 April 2014, at 3 p.m. in courtroom I.

In the case of Goran Hadžić, the Hadzić Chamber will sit on 8 April 2014, and possibly on 9 April, to hear the evidence of Prosecution witness GH-002, who was previously unavailable. Otherwise the presentation of the Prosecution evidence has been finished. Defence case of Goran Hadzić has been scheduled to commence on 24 June.

This week the Tribunal’s Outreach Programme is holding a series of screenings of its documentary Through Their Eyes: Witnesses to Justice.  The film has been shown in Belgrade and Sarajevo, and today will be screened in Zagreb. The documentary underlines the role that victims play in the work of the ICTY, using five stories of victims from the former Yugoslavia who share their personal experiences of giving testimony before the Tribunal.

On Friday, 21 March, The Hague’s city museum Museon will open an exhibition titled Give Peace a Chance. The exhibition has been prepared in collaboration with several international institutions, including the ICTY, and will highlight the importance of international treaties, shed light on the conflicts of the past, and discuss future challenges faced by international organisations.

The exhibition will present the Tribunal's jurisdiction, the types of crimes adjudicated here, and the current state of ongoing cases. Visitors will also be able to see several Voices of the Victims video clips, as well as recordings of some guilty pleas and initial appearances.
The exhibition will be in English and Dutch.

As you may know the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) will take place at the World Forum, across from the Tribunal’s main building, on 24 and 25 March. With 58 world leaders, 5,000 delegates and 3,000 journalists in attendance it will be the biggest summit ever held in The Netherlands. As a result of the World Forum’s proximity to the ICTY, the Tribunal will be closed on 24 and 25 March. The Tribunal will resume its activities on Wednesday, 26 March.


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