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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 28th Oct 1998

ICTY Press Briefing - 28 October 1998

note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing. It is merely
a summary.

ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 28 October 1998

Time: 11:00 a.m.


The ICTY Spokesman, Jim Landale, began today’s briefing by making the following

Today at noon,
Stevan Todorovic will continue his initial appearance in Courtroom I.

Tomorrow at 9.30
am, Goran Jelisic will have his further initial appearance,which follows from
a second amended indictment.

The Furundzija
trial will reopen on 9 November.

In the Aleksovski
trial, written submissions must be filed before 9 November and closing arguments
will be heard from 17 to 20 November.

The Kupreskic
trial will resume on 30 November, when the Defence starts presenting its case.

Regarding the
Tadic appeal hearings, no date has been set for resuming the hearings, but it
is not likely that any hearings will be held before 1 December due to dates
set in the scheduling order of 15 October for filing of documents.

Lastly, the French
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin will visit the Netherlands for one day next Wednesday
4 November. He will visit the Tribunal at 5 pm and there will be a press opportunity
in the press lobby after 5.30 pm.



Asked whether
a date had been set for the verdict in the Celebici trial, Landale replied
that no date had been set yet, but that a press release would follow as soon
as a date was known.

Asked whether
there was any news about the visas for the Prosecutor and her team for their
visit to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Mr Graham Blewitt, the Deputy
Prosecutor, replied that the last inquiry had been made yesterday afternoon
and that inquiries were made on a daily basis. Mr Blewitt indicated that strong
action would be taken if the visas were not ready by next week, but that it
was anticipated that they would be forthcoming soon.

Asked what
was meanti by "strong action" and would it mean going through the
Security Council, Mr Blewitt replied that a determination had not yet been
made. It could involve reporting to the Security Council, but he added that
he was confident that the visas would be issued.

Asked whether
he could elaborate on the amendments in the Jelisic indictment, Mr Blewitt
replied that these changes were the result of discussions between the Prosecution,
the Defence lawyers and the Trial Chamber. He added that it would be inappropriate
to say anything more on that subject.