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Weekly Press Briefing - 30 March 2011

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Date: 30.3.2011
Time: 12:00

Registry and Chambers:

Nerma Jelačić, Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:

Good afternoon,

I’ll turn first to an update on Courtroom activity:

In the trial of Momčilo Perišić, the Prosecution completed their closing arguments yesterday. They have requested a life sentence for the accused. The Chamber is currently hearing the Defence’s closing arguments. The closing arguments are available for viewing in English and BCS on the Tribunal’s YouTube channel.

Also in this case, a Decision was issued last Friday granting a Prosecution request to make public the minutes and transcripts of the sessions of the Supreme Defence Council previously tendered into evidence confidentially. The Chamber also ordered that the portions of the transcripts relating to these exhibits also be made public. The posting of these transcripts on the website is ongoing. The Registry’s memo which lists all exhibits and portions of transcripts has been sent to the media and is available on our website.

In the trial of Mićo Stanišić and Stojan Župljanin, a pre-Defence conference will be held on Monday, 4 April at 09:00 in Courtroom I. This is prior to the start of the Defence case, currently scheduled to commence on Monday 11 April at 09:00 in Courtroom I when the Defence will make its Opening Statements.

In the case of Vojislav Śešelj, an oral decision on the Rule 98bis proceedings will be issued on 4 May 2011 at 9:00am in Courtroom I. Rule 98bis of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence sets out that the Trial Chamber shall, by oral decision and after hearing the oral submissions of the parties, enter a judgement of acquittal on any count if there is no evidence capable of supporting a conviction. The Rule 98bis hearing was held during on 7, 8 and 9 March 2011. 

Hearings in the trial of Zdravko Tolimir continue this week and next as scheduled. Prosecution witness Ljubomir Obradović, former officer of the Republika Srpska Army in the Main Staff, will resume his testimony this afternoon at 14:15 in Courtroom III. He is the 97th witness to be called by the Prosecution in this case.

Finally, a two-day training session of legal professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina took place this week in Banja Luka, organised as part of the War Crimes Justice Project. Judges and prosecutors from District courts in Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Sarajevo and Doboj, took part in the training which was aimed at sharing the Tribunal’s institutional knowledge and specialised skills on the handling of complex war crimes cases. The next training session for legal professionals planned as part of this project will take place in May in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Aleksandar Kontić, member of the Prosecutor’s Immediate Office, made no statement.


No questions were asked.

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