Press Release . Communiqué de presse
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 4 April 2001
THE REGISTRAR OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL, MR. HANS HOLTHUIS, TO HOLD LEGAL MEETINGS IN BELGRADE
As part of the ongoing efforts for full cooperation between the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), the Registrar of the Tribunal, Mr. Hans Holthuis, has been mandated by the President of the Tribunal, Judge Claude Jorda, and the Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, to travel to Belgrade to discuss practical
modalities in connection with the FRY’s legal obligations, under the Statute of the Tribunal.
To this end, the Registrar will have a series of legal meetings with, among others, the Federal Minister of Justice, Mr. Momcilo Grubac, the Serbian Minister of Justice Mr. Vladan Batic, and, it is anticipated, the Serbian Interior Minister, Mr. Dusan Mihajlovic.
Mr. Holthuis is travelling in his neutral capacity as Registrar to clarify to the authorities in Belgrade the steps that have to be taken to fulfil their legal obligations set out in the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence, so that the authorities are clear on the course of future cooperation with the Tribunal.
Mr. Holthuis will also hand over the Tribunal’s arrest warrant for Slobodan Milosevic to ensure that it is served on the accused. In addition, the Registrar will be seeking information on the nature of the charges being brought against Slobodan Milosevic in the district court in Belgrade, so as to be able to evaluate the possible connection between the charges and the Tribunal’s