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Plavsic case: The Accused will remain detained at the Detention Unit in adapted Conditions
On Friday 19 January 2001, the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Claude Jorda, issued an Order on the Defence Motion requesting modification of the conditions of detention of the accused.
The President’s Order is based on the fact that the accused explicitly withdrew her initial request to be detained in a "safe-house" or in a detention facility in Republika Srpska.
The Order also considers that Biljana Plavsic surrendered voluntarily and that she is the only female detainee to date.
The Order reads that Biljana Plavsic will remain detained at the Tribunal’s Detention Unit in adapted conditions:
- she will be detained in a part of the Detention Unit exclusively used for female detainees
- she will be guarded by female security officers
- she will have the possibility to use the Detention Unit’s recreation facilities and library in the absence of male detainees
- she will on request be able to meet other detainees during activities organized by the Detention Unit.
- she will be provided as soon as possible with an additional cell directly accessible from her current cell.
The President’s Order was made following hearings in closed sessions held on 11 and 17 January respectively, during which all interested parties were heard: the accused and her counsel, the Prosecutor, the Registry and the Host-country.
Order of the President on the Defence Request to Modify the Conditions of Detention of the Accused
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
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