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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 13th Jan 1999

ICTY Press Briefing - 13 January 2001

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

ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 13 January 1999

Time: 11:30 a.m.


Jim Landale, the ICTY Spokesman, began today’s briefing by making the following

Firstly, last
week I read out the figures for the 1999 budget. The total I gave you was correct,
but we had mistakenly calculated the breakdown. The correct figures are as follows:

Out of a total
budget of $ 94,103,800, the breakdown is:

Chambers $ 2,601,400

OTP $ 26,835,300

Registry $ 47,880,300

Support $ 16,786,800

In the Tadic trial
a new "Amended Notice of Appeal" was filed on 8 January 1999. Copies
of the amended appeal are available from our office.

A trial date has
been set in the Kordic and Cerkez trial, which is 12 April, pending further
confirmation. This trial has been assigned to Trial Chamber III.

Regarding the
Kupreskic trial, on 8 January 1999, Trial Chamber II rejected a motion on behalf
of Vlatko Kupreskic to enter a judgement of aquittal.

Finally, in addition
to British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook’s visit this afternoon, the Finnish
President, Mr Martti Ahtisaari, will be visiting the Tribunal on 21 January



Asked for further
comments on the death of Dragan Gagovic, Gavin Ruxton, Senior Legal Advisor
to Justice Arbour, replied that a statement had been issued last Saturday
and that the Office of the Prosecutor’s (OTP) position was clear. He
added that they did not want these things to happen but that it was an open
indictment and these sort of actions (operations to detain an accused) were
the last resort when all else failed.

Asked if OTP
knew when attempted arrests were planned and whether there was cooperation
and coordination between SFOR and OTP, Ruxton answered that he could not say
much since this covered operational details and that it differed case by case.
He did say, however, that arrangements were in place for people from the OTP
to be on the spot quickly in case of an arrest in order to check identification
papers, to take the accused into custody, to make sure safeguards were in
place, to provide copies of the indictment and to make arrangements for the
transfer of the accused to The Hague.

There were no
further questions.