note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing. It is merely
Weekly Press Briefing
Date: 31 January 2002
Time: 12.00 p.m.
Jim Landale, Spokesman for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:
24 January 2002, Trial Chamber III, Judge May presiding, rendered its decision
denying a Renewed Motion for Provisional Release filed by counsel for Momcilo
Krajisnik on 2 January 2002. In coming to their decision, the Judges considered
that "in the view of the Trial Chamber, the change of circumstances
relied upon by the defence, which expressly incorporates all of the arguments
made in support of the previous applications, is not sufficient to warrant a
renewed application for provisional release".
29 January, we received a scheduling order in the Blaskic case, ordering that
a status conference take place on 14 February at 3 p.m.
addition, a "Decision on the Prosecution’s Request for an Extension
of Time and for Authorisation to Exceed the Page Limit for its Response to the
Appellant’s Brief" was also rendered on 29 January in this case. This
granted "the authorization sought by the Prosecution to exceed the applicable
limit set out in the Practice Direction…and allow it to file a Respondent’s
Brief of 300 pages in total". Furthermore, Pre-Appeal Judge Pocar ordered
that the deadline for filing the Respondent’s brief "shall be further
extended to 30 April 2002, and that the Appellant’s Brief in Reply shall be
filed by 15 May 2002".
21 January, we received an order from the Appeals Chamber designating Judge
Fausto Pocar as the Pre-review Judge in the Jelisic case. This followed the
"Motion for Review of the Sentence of Goran Jelisic Set Out in the Judgements
of the Trial Chamber and of the Appeals Chamber" filed confidentially
by counsel for Jelisic on 7 January 2002.
the Vasiljevic case, on 28 January Trial Chamber II, Judge Hunt presiding, ordered
hearing of evidence shall resume on 13 February 2002 at 2.30 p.m.
Final Briefs are to be filed no later than 25 February 2002, and
closing arguments shall take place on 5 and 6 March 2002, at 2.30 p.m.
29 January, a "Motion to Delay Consideration of the Proposal for Provisional
Release" for Dragan Jokic was filed by the OTP. According to the motion,
this follows a telephone conversation between the Prosecution and Mr. Miodrag
Stojanovic, counsel for Dragan Jokic, where it was agreed that the issue of
provisional release should be delayed until after a planned meeting between
the Prosecution and Mr. Stojanovic "to discuss the possibility of a
Plea Agreement on behalf of Dragan Jokic".
terms of the court schedule, you should all be aware of the two upcoming provisional
release hearings. The first will take place this afternoon at 4.30 p.m. for
Miodrag Jokic and the second for Rahim Ademi tomorrow afternoon at 2.30 p.m.
Please note that both will now take place in Courtroom I rather than Courtroom
II as previously scheduled.
status conference in the Celebici appeal has been scheduled 19 February at 2.30
p.m. The Pre-appeal Judge in that case is Judge Hunt.
Finally on 31 January, we received from a Bench of the Appeals Chamber a scheduling
order in the Kordic and Cerkez case ordering that a status conference be held
on 19 February at 4 p.m.
of all documents I’ve mentioned will be available after the briefing.
Hartmann, Spokeswoman for the Office of the Prosecutor, made no statement.
there was any news yet concerning yesterday’s Milosevic Appeal Hearing, Landale
replied that he did not have any news at the moment, however, he would inform
the media as soon as he had some as he knew everyone was very interested in