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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 29th May 2002

ICTY Press Briefing - 29 May 2002

note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing. It is merely
a summary.

ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 29.05.2002

Time: 12:00 p.m.


Landale, Spokesman for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:

With regard to court documents:

- We have further
copies of the Appeals Chamber "Decision on Application by Dragan Jokic
for Provisional Release" for those of you who do not already have one.
You should have seen our press release on Jokic's provisional release yesterday.

- In the Milosevic
case on 24 May, we received a scheduling order that set out the following:

(1) no later
than Wednesday, 29 May 2002, the Prosecution shall file

(i) a detailed
list setting out dates of disclosure in a language the accused understands
of the statements of witnesses listed in Attachment A and, where appropriate,
details of the disclosure to the amici curiae and to the accused of the
unredacted statements or details of protected witnesses; and

(ii) applications for protective measures for witnesses K33, K34, K35 and
K37; and

(2) at the same
time the Prosecution shall provide to the Trial Chamber:

(i) a summary
of the evidence of those witnesses unless such summary is already included
in the documents before the Trial chamber, in which case the Prosecution
shall clearly indicate where such information is to be found;

(ii) the statements of all witnesses whose evidence is sought to be admitted
by way of a written statement pursuant to Rule 92 bis, irrespective of whether
the attestation procedure has been completed or not;

(iii) the identity and statements of all expert witnesses to be called to
the case.

- On 22 May, we
received a scheduling order in the Celebici case, setting a time for the oral
arguments due to take place on Tuesday 18 June commencing at 9.00 a.m. Each
Appellant will have up to 30 minutes to make his oral submission; the Prosecution
will have up to 60 minutes in response to all of the Appellant's submissions;
and then the Appellant will have up to 10 minutes to reply to the Prosecution's

- On 24 May in
the Krajisnik and Plavsic case, we received the "First Decision on Prosecution's
Motion for Protective Measures for Sensitive Source Witnesses", which deals
with protective measures.

- On 27 May, we
received the amended joinder indictment in the case of the Prosecutor v. Vidoje
Blagojevic, Dragan Obrenovic, Dragan Jokic and Momir Nikolic. Copies in both
English and French will be available on request.

Copies of all
the documents will be available after this briefing.

In terms of
the court schedule:

- In the Milosevic
trial, proceedings this Friday will run from 9.00 a.m. until 11.45 a.m., due
to a motion hearing in the Krajisnik and Plavsic case that will take place in
Courtroom I at 12.15 p.m., which will then be followed by a status conference.

- There will be
a Status Conference in the Blaskic case at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 3 June before
Judge Pocar in Courtroom II.

- On 27 May, we
received a scheduling order in the Kordic and Cerkez case, setting the next
status conference for Friday 14 June at 3.00 p.m.

Joris, Special Adviser to the Prosecutor, made no statement:



Asked whether
the Tribunal would consider other applications for provisional release, Landale
replied that the procedure for provisional release was clear. It would only
come about if the accused had first submitted a motion for provisional release
to the Trial Chamber setting out arguments for their provisional release.
The Judges of the Trial Chamber would then consider that motion along with
any submission from other interested parties including the Prosecution, any
possible guarantees that might be offered by the state to which the accused
was proposing to return, the host nation and from others as well. The Judges
would then look at all these submissions and decide whether or not to grant
the provisional release under certain conditions, Landale concluded.
Asked about
the wording in the Milosevic disclosure order and if "in a language the
accused understands" means BCS or English, Landale replied that, where
they can, the Tribunal was trying to ensure that the accused received documents
and was able to follow all proceedings in BCS. To ensure that there was no
doubt whatsoever that he could follow everything that was going on in the
trial, a small speaker was located in front of Mr. Milosevic that gave him
simultaneous interpretation in BCS throughout the entire trial, Landale added.

Asked if the
previous court order that the accused was entitled to receive all courts document
in BCS relates to this new order, Landale replied that his reading of the
new order was that it was reliant on the previous ruling by the Judges, which
was that all document had to be supplied to the accused in BCS.