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Rule 98<em>bis</em> Decision in the case of Goran Hadžić to be rendered tomorrow Thursday, 20 February

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The Hague, 16 January 2014

Rule 98bis Decision in the case of Goran Hadžić to be rendered tomorrow Thursday, 20 February

The Trial Chamber’s decision on the Rule 98bis motion for acquittal in the case of Goran Hadžić is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday 20 February at 15:30 in courtroom I.

In its Rule 98bis motion the Defence for Hadžić asked for acquittal on specific charges contained within counts 2 through 9 of the indictment. The Prosecution requested in its response that the motion should be dismissed.

Hadžić, former President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina, is charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war committed in Croatia from June 1991 to December 1993.

Goran Hadžić was initially indicted on 4 June 2004. After having been at-large for almost seven years, he was arrested on 20 July and transferred to the Tribunal on 22 July 2011. His trial commenced on 16 October 2012 and the Prosecution concluded its case on 17 October 2013, subject to the Chamber’s decision on the Prosecution’s motion for the admission of documents from the bar table, which was issued on 28 November 2013.      

On 16 December 2013, the Defence orally presented its motion pursuant to Rule 98 bis. The Prosecution responded on 18 December 2013.

Members of the public wishing to attend the hearing should send an email to kralt.icty [at] un.org for more information on the procedure to follow and the available space.