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Start Milosevic Defence Case: Media Accreditation

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)


The Hague, 25 August 2004




All journalists wishing to attend the start of the Defence case in The Prosecutor v. Slobodan Milosevic, which is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, 31 August 2004 at 09:00 in Courtroom I, must submit an accreditation form available on our website: www.un.org/icty. The accreditation application period starts today at 13:00 and closes on Friday 27 August 2004 at

The full list of accredited media will be posted on our website at 15:00 on Friday 27 August 2004. Tickets can be collected on Monday 30 August 2004 from 09:00 until 18:30.

With regard to the start of the Defence Case, on 25 August 2004, Trial Chamber III issued its "Scheduling Order Concerning Recommencement of the Trial", in which it ordered that:

"(1) The trial will recommence on 31 August 2004, the trial schedule being as follows:

the Accused will make his opening statement; following the opening statement of the Accused, there will be a procedural hearing at which the parties and Amici Curiae may make further submissions concerning the content of the medical reports and assignment of defence counsel, and raise, with leave of the Trial Chamber, any other urgent procedural issues; the Trial
Chamber will thereafter issue a further order concerning these matters; and
no evidence will be heard until Tuesday, 7 September 2004; and

(2) Whilst severance of one or more of the indictments remains an option, the Trial Chamber will not give further consideration to it at this time."

In the Scheduling Order, the Trial Chamber, inter alia, noted:

(1) "The recent Orders issued by the Trial Chamber on the future conduct of the trial;

(2)The submissions received from the Prosecution and Amici Curiae addressing these matters, and in particular the assignment or imposition of defence counsel and the possible severance of one or more of the indictments in these proceedings; and

(3) The confidential medical reports received from Professor Tavernier and Dr. van Dijkman (and accompanying toxicology report of Dr. Touw), of 29 July and

18 August respectively;"


"the position taken by the Prosecution, Amici Curiae and the Accused (to the extent that these are expressed by the Amici Curiae in their submissions)";


The full text of the Order by Trial Chamber III is available on the ICTY web site: www.un.org/icty. For further information please contact the ICTY Press Office on ++31 70 512 5343 or 5356.