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The Hague, 9 February 2005
HEARING ADJOURNED UNTIL MONDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2005
Please be advised that the hearing scheduled for tomorrow in the case The Prosecutor v. Slobodan Milosevic has been cancelled.
In a Scheduling Order, the Trial Chamber noted:
" the request by the Accused today in court that the proceedings be adjourned until Monday because he was feeling unwell, that he also informed the Court that he had had a temperature while in court over the past two days,
the oral Order of the Trial Chamber to the Registrar to obtain a medical report today on the condition of the Accused,
the medical report received from the physician on duty at the United Nations Detention Unit ("UNDU"), informing the Trial Chamber, inter alia, that:
The Accused told him that he had not been feeling well during the previous two days, while he was attending court; "At the moment there are no physical indications of an active infection or another ailment"; But that it is "reasonable to assume that after a bout of flu a patient will need additional recuperation time with indistinguishable symptoms remaining";
For this reason, the doctor is "unable to ascertain whether or not Mr. Milosevic will be fit to attend court tomorrow",
The Trial Chamber considered that:
"while the report is inconclusive in respect of the fitness of the Accused to attend court tomorrow, the Trial Chamber considers, in light of the finding of the doctor that it is "reasonable to assume that after a bout of flu a patient will need additional recuperation time with indistinguishable symptoms remaining", the best course is to grant the adjournment
It ordered that:
"Notwithstanding the intention of the doctor to carry out further examinations of the Accused, the Registrar shall direct a medical examination of him to be carried out and a report issued by Friday, 11 February 2005, indicating the state of health of the Accused and his fitness to attend court on 14 February 2005."
The trial will resume on Monday, 14 February 2005 at 9 am in Courtroom I.