Press Release . Communiqué de presse
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The Hague, 8 April 2004
JUDGES AMEND RULE 28 AT EXTRAORDINARY PLENARY
On Tuesday 6 April 2004, the permanent Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia held a Plenary Session following the adoption, by the United Nations Security Council, of resolution 1534.
The resolution, adopted on 26 March 2004, called on the Tribunal “in reviewing and confirming any new indictments, to ensure that any such indictments concentrate on the most senior leaders suspected of being most responsible for crimes within the jurisdiction of the relevant Tribunal as set out in resolution 1503 (2003)”.
At the Plenary, the Judges accordingly amended Rule 28 (A) of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence to read as follows:
(A) On receipt of an indictment for review from the Prosecutor, the Registrar shall consult with the President. The President shall refer the matter to the Bureau which shall determine whether the indictment, prima facie, concentrates on one or more of the most senior leaders suspected of being most responsible for crimes within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal. If the Bureau
determines that the indictment meets this standard, the President shall designate one of the permanent Trial Chamber Judges for the review under Rule 47. If the Bureau determines that the indictment does not meet this standard, the President shall return the indictment to the Registrar to communicate this finding to the Prosecutor.