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Trials Against 24 Accused To Continue After Summer Recess

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

The Hague, 4 August 2006


Following the close of the summer recess, court proceedings will recommence next Monday, 7 August 2006. For the first time in its history, the Tribunal is holding trials against 24 accused concurrently. Cases against 14 individuals are currently on appeal while another 22 accused are in pre-trial. Proceedings against 93 persons have concluded to date, while six accused, including
Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, remain at large.

Milutinović et al. case

The six accused in the Milutinovic et al. case will be back in courtroom I on Monday, 7 August at 9 a.m.

The trial of six former high-level political and military leaders of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) charged with alleged crimes in Kosovo during 1999, commenced on Monday, 10 July, before Judge Iain Bonomy (presiding), Judge Ali Nawaz Chowhan, Judge Tsvetana Kamenova and Judge Janet Nosworthy (ad litem reserve Judge).

The charges against Milan Milutinovic, Nikola Sainovic, Dragoljub Ojdanic, Nebojsa Pavkovic, Vladimir Lazarevic and Sreten Lukic, all former associates of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, focus on an alleged campaign of terror and violence directed against Kosovo Albanians and other non-Serbs living in Kosovo. The crimes with which they are charged include deportation,
forcible transfer, murder and persecutions of thousands of Kosovo Albanians.

Milan Martić case

The trial against Milan Martic, the former high-level leader of the Serb wartime entity in Croatia, will resume at 9 a.m. on 15 August 2006 in Courtroom II before Judge Bakone Justice Moloto (presiding), Judge Janet Nosworthy and Judge Frank Höpfel.

Milan Martic is charged with the extermination or murder of hundreds of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians in large areas of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the period between August 1991 and December 1995. He is also charged with persecutions, imprisonment, torture, inhumane acts, cruel treatment, deportation, forcible transfer, plunder of public or private
property, wanton destruction and unlawful attacks on civilians allegedly committed in the same period.

The trial against him began on 13 December 2005. The prosecution concluded the presentation of its case on 19 June 2006 and the Defence began presenting its evidence on 11 July 2006.

Prlić et al. case

The trial against Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic will continue on Thursday, 17 August at 9 a.m. in Courtroom III before Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti (presiding), Judge Arpad Prandler, Judge Stefan Trechsel and Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (ad litem reserve Judge).

The charges against the six high-level leaders of the Bosnian Croat wartime entity focus on ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and other non-Croats during 1992-1994 from areas in the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which were claimed to be part of the so-called Herceg-Bosna, declared as a political and territorial entity in November 1991. The charges include
murder, rape, sexual assault, destruction of property, imprisonment, deportation and forcible transfer. The indictment concentrates on crimes committed in the municipalities of Prozor, Gornji Vakuf, Jablanica, Mostar, Ljubuski, Stolac, Capljina and Vares.

The trial began on 26 April 2006 and the prosecution is currently presenting its case.

Popović et al. case

The trial of seven senior Bosnian Serb military and police officers facing charges for crimes committed in Srebrenica, which commenced on 14 July 2006, will resume on Monday, 21 August, at 9 a.m. in Courtroom III before Judge Carmel Agius (presiding), Judge O-Gon Kwon, Judge Kimberly Prost and Judge Ole Bjorn Stole (ad litem reserve Judge), with the opening statement of the
prosecution. It is anticipated that a portion of this opening statement will be delivered by the Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

Charges against Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Drago Nikolic, Ljubomir Borovcanin and Vinko Pandurevic, include genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation. Zdravko Tolimir is also charged with these crimes but is currently still at large. Radivoje Miletic and Milan Gvero are indicted for murder, persecutions,
forcible transfer and deportation. All these charges relate to the mass murder and ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica after the fall of the former UN safe haven to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.

Mrkšić et al. case

On Tuesday, 22 August, at 2:15 p.m., a Pre-Defence conference will be held in the Mrksic et al. case.

The trial of three former officers of the Yugoslav People's Army charged with crimes committed after the fall of Vukovar in eastern Croatia in 1991 commenced on Tuesday, 11 October 2005 before Judge Kevin Parker (presiding), Judge Christine Van Den Wyngaert and Judge Krister Thelin. The charges against Mile Mrksic, Miroslav Radic and Veselin Šljivancanin focus on their alleged
involvement in the mass murder of at least 264 non-Serbs held captive in the Vukovar Hospital, and their subsequent burial in a mass grave at the Ovcara farm near Vukovar.

The prosecution concluded the presentation of its case on 23 June 2006.

Momčilo Krajišnik case

The closing arguments in the Krajisnik case are scheduled to begin on 29 August 2006 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom II.

The trial of Momcilo Krajisnik, former Bosnian Serb political leader, commenced on 3 February 2004 before Judge Alphons Orie (presiding), Judge Joaquin Martin Canivell, and Judge Claude Hanoteau. Momcilo Krajisnik is charged with genocide, persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds, extermination, murder, deportation and inhumane acts committed against the Bosnian
Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb populations of the following municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Bileca, Bosanska Krupa, Bosanski Novi, Bosanski Petrovac, Bratunac, Brcko, Čajnice, Čelinac, Doboj, Donji Vakuf, Foca, Gacko, Hadzici, Ilidza, Ilijas, Kljuc, Kalinovik, Kotor Varos, Nevesinje, Novi Grad, Novo Sarajevo, Pale, Prijedor, Prnjavor,
Rogatica, Rudo, Sanski Most, Šipovo, Sokolac, Teslic, Trnovo, Visegrad, Vlasenica, Vogosca and Zvornik.

The prosecution completed the presentation of its case on 22 July 2005. The Defence began presenting its evidence on 10 October 2005.

Other proceedings

In the coming weeks, status conferences will be held in the cases against Boskoski and Tarculovski, Hadzihasanovic and Kubura, Stanisic and Simatovic, Blagojevic and Jokic, Limaj et al. and Pavle Strugar. An appeals hearing will be held in the case against Stanislav Galić and a hearing pursuant to rule 11 bis will be held in the case against Milan Lukic and Sredoje
Lukic. Please check the court schedule for dates and times.


The full texts of all the indictments and other case-related information can be found at:


Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal's website www.un.org/icty