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The Hague, 29 March 2000
SIMIC AND AVRAMOVIC FOUND NOT GUILTY OF CONTEMPT OF COURT
Today, Wednesday 29 March, Trial Chamber III (Judges Robinson (Presiding), Hunt and Bennouna) delivered its oral Judgement in the contempt proceedings against Milan Simic and his counsel, Mr. Branislav Avramovic.
The Trial Chamber unanimously found that neither the allegations against Milan Simic nor those against Mr. Avramovic had been "established beyond reasonable doubt" and therefore neither Respondent was found to be in contempt of the Tribunal.
A written opinion will follow in due course.
On 25 May 1999, the Prosecution filed an ex parte confidential request for a hearing on "bribery, intimidation of witness and suborning perjury of witness" said to have been committed by the accused Milan Simic and Mr. Branislav Avramovic.
The contempt hearings began on 29 September 1999 and closed on 2 December 1999.