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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 6th Oct 1999

ICTY Press Briefing - 6 October 1999

note that this is not a verbatim transcript of the Press Briefing. It is merely
a summary.

ICTY Weekly Press

Date: 6 October

Time: 11:30 a.m. 


Jim Landale, Spokesman
for Registry and Chambers, made the following announcements:

I first would
like to draw your attention to a decision that was taken on 27 July this year
but only made public on the 1 October, in which Trial Chamber III found that
the evidence of a former employee of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) sought to be presented by the Prosecutor in the Simic and Others
case should not be given. All three judges decided that ICRC enjoyed a unique
position and had "a relevant and genuine confidentiality interest",
although Judge Hunt submitted his own separate opinion.

Secondly, I would
like to make sure that you’re all aware of an order releasing confidential
documents in the matter of the contempt allegations against Milan Simic and
his defence counsel. This issue was covered in the last weekly update, but briefly,
concerns allegations that Simic and his defence lawyer, Branislav Avramovic,
attempted to bribe and intimidate a witness to commit perjury while he was on
provisional release.

The contempt hearings
in this case will continue today at 2.30 p.m. in Courtroom III.

There are also
copies of the sentencing briefs for the Tadic sentencing hearing for those who
are interested.



Paul Risley, Spokesman
for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), made the following announcements:

Prosecutor, Carla
Del Ponte met this morning with the SFOR Political Advisor, Mr. Robert Engels.



Asked whether
the Simic contempt hearing today would be held in open or closed session,
Landale replied that yesterday most of the proceedings took place in closed
session, however, some parts were open. The same could apply today, he said,
adding that it would be best to wait and see what the judges decided.

Asked for
more information concerning the Prosecutor’s meeting this morning with
Mr. Engels, Risley replied that Mr. Engels, a Dutch National, was here in
The Hague on other business and that this meeting was an introductory visit.

Asked when
the Prosecutor would make her first visit to the former Yugoslavia, Risley
replied that she would make her first visit in the near future. He
added that she would visit both the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and also
New York, as this was also an important aspect of her work.