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is not a verbatim transcript of the Press
Briefing. It is merely a summary.
ICTY Weekly Press Briefing
Time: 12.15 a.m.
Office of the Prosecutor:
Florence Hartmann, Spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor,
made the following statement:
I wish to confirm that Ms Del Ponte will not participate to the July
11 commemoration in Potocari, as long as Karadzic and Mladic
are at large. As stated earlier, Ms Del Ponte cannot face the victims
when Karadzic and Mladic are still allowed to enjoy impunity ten years
after they were first indicted by the ICTY. It is a disgrace and a
shame that the two persons primarily responsible for the Srebrenica
genocide have not been brought to justice. Who can justify this in
front of the mothers, sisters, daughters and other loved ones of those
killed in Srebrenica. Her decision, as she explained previously, is
a protest because the vast majority of the victims will never believe
justice has been done until Karadzic and Mladic are tried. It is not
only justice which is disregarded; it is also reconciliation which
Ms Del Ponte will go to Potocari to pay tribute again to the victims
as soon as RK and RM are arrested or as soon as one is in The Hague.
When ever it is in July, in August when she will be on holiday, surely
as soon as possible.
Asked to comment on the different number of Serb victims in
the Srebrenica region published in Belgrade. Hartmann replied that:
"First of all, the OTP is always very careful in the use of
the word "victim". Military or Police casualties from combat should
not be considered victims in a criminal investigation context, in
the same way people are victims from war crimes, such as summary executions.
Before speaking about the whole area of Podrinja, including at least
the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani,
I would comment on the various figures circulating around the Kravica
attack of January 1993. The figures circulating of hundreds of victims
or claiming that all 353 inhabitants were "virtually completely
destroyed" do not reflect the reality.
During the attack by the BH army on Kravica, Jezestica, Opravdici,
Mandici and the surrounding villages (the larger area of Kravica),
on the 7th & 8th January 1993, 43 people were killed, according
to our information. Our investigation shows that 13 of the 43 were
obviously civilians. Our findings are matching with the Bratunac Brigade
military reports of battle casualties which are believed in the OTP
to be very reliable because they are internal VRS reports.
For the whole region, i.e the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac,
Vlasenica and Skelani, the Serb authorities claimed previously that
about 1400 people were killed due to attacks committed by the BH Army
forces for the period of May 1992 to March 1995, when Srebrenica was
under the control of Naser Oric. Now the figure has become 3,500 Serbs
killed. This figure may have been inflated. Taking the term "victims" as
defined previously, these figures just does not reflect the reality.
I wish to name various Serb sources on Serb victims which has circulated
until recently. They are maybe not detailed but as they were presented.
According to the RS Commission for War Crimes, the number of
Serb victims for the Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region was until
recently 995 victims (520 Bratunac area and 475 Srebernica area),
of which Kravica, 43 victims.
According to "The Chronicle of Our Graves"; a book
by Milivoje Ivanisevic, the president of the Belgrade Centre for Investigating
Crimes Committed against the Serbian People, claimed that the number
of Serb victims for Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region was 1,200 victims
but presented personal details available for only 624 victims. The
author claimed that all 353 Kravica inhabitants were "virtually
completely destroyed" which is not accurate.
Another book, "For the Honourable Cross and Golden Freedom";
a book (1,508 pages) by unknown authors from RS and in collaboration
with the RS Ministry of Interior, claimed that the No. of Serb victims
for the Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region is 641 victims, all war-related".
The Prosecutor v. Slobodan Milosevic
29/06/2005 – Appeal of Decision on contempt of the Tribunal Kosta
Bulatovic: Appellant's motion seeking variation of time limits.
30/06/2005 – Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Prosecution's
response to appellant's appeal brief.
01/07/2005 – Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Corrigendum
to Prosecution's response to appeallant's appeal brief.
01/07/2005 – Order to Amicus Curiae to prepare written submissions.
01/07/2005 – Fourth order recording use of time in the Defence case.
01/07/2005 – Order on Amicus Curiae observations Proprio
Motu on the desirability of submissions on the alternative bases
of individual criminal responsibility alleged in the case and on
the issue of trials in absentia.
04/07/2005 - Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Appellant's
reply to Prosecution response to appellant's appeal brief.
The Prosecutor v. Pavle Strugar
27/06/2005 – Defence Response Brief.
The Prosecutor v. Radovan Stankovic
01/07/2005 – Appellant's Brief
04/07/2005 – Reply to Appellant's Brief.
The Prosecutor v. Sefer Halilovic
28/06/2005 – Prosecution's reponse to "Motion for certification
concerning admission of record of interview of the accused".
28/06/2005 – Reply concerning admission of written statement of deceased
30/06/2005 – Prosecution response to "motion for enforcement
of court order reelectronic disclosure suite".
04/07/2005 – Response to "Defence Rule 92bis motion".
The Prosecutor v. Ljube Boskoski and Johan Tarculovski
01/07/2005 – Additional supplement to the Defence Reply.
01/07/2005 – Statement of Johan Tarculovski for the purposes of the
The Prosecutor v. Miroslav Deronjic
01/07/2005 – Scheduling order (Appeals Judgement scheduled for 20
July 2005 at 2.15 p.m.).
The Prosecutor v. Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Drago Nikolic,
Ljubomir Borovcanin, Zdravko Tolimir et al. and Vinko Pandurevic
28/06/2005 – Prosecution's motion for amendments to the indictments.
01/07/2005 – Response on behalf of Drago Nikolic to prosecution motion
for joinder of accused (complete version).
The Prosecutor v. Nebojsa Pavkovic et al
30/06/2005 – Prosecution's notification regarding disclosure pursuant
to rule 66 (A)(ii) and rule 94 bis.
01/07/2005 – Preliminary motion alleging indictment defects.
The Prosecutor v. Ljubisa Beara
29/06/2005 – Order referring the joinder motion.
The Prosecutor v. Mico Stanisic
27/06/2005 – Motion objecting to the prosecution's third motion for
protective measures for victims and witnesses.
01/07/2005 – Order on prosecution's third motion for protective measures
for victims and witnesses.
01/07/2005 – Order requesting additional information and staying
the consideration of Mico Stanisic's motion for provisional release
The Prosecutor v. Momcilo Perisic
01/07/2005 – Order on Momcilo Perisic's motion to modify conditions
of provisional release.
The Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj et al
29/06/2005 – Prosecution's motion to admit rebuttal statements via
30/06/2005 - Prosecution's motion for admission of expert report.
01/07/2005 - Motion by the Defence for the accused Haradin Bala to
Admit the witness statement of howard tucker pursuant to rule 92bis.
01/07/2005 – Response by Fatmir Limaj to Prosecution's motion to
admit rebuttal statements via rule 92bis.
04/07/2005 - Prosecution's reply to response by Fatmir Limaj to Proscution's
motion to admit rebuttal statements via rule 92bis.
The Prosecutor v. Gojko Jankovic
28/06/2005 – Gojko Jankovic's Defence Supplemental Submission in
the context of the Proscutor's motion under rule 11bis, with annexes
I to IV.
30/06/2005 – Defence Application for Provisional Release of the accused
Gojko Jankovic with annexes I to III.
The Prosecutor v. Ivica Marijacic and Markica Rebic
28/06/2005 – Prosecutor's response to Defendant Ivica Marijacic's
motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to rule 72 of the rules
of procedure and evidence on the basis of 1) defects in the form of
the indictment (vagueness/lack of adequate notice of charges), (2)
Lack of personal jurisdiction (ratione personae) and 3) lack
of subject matter jurisdiction (ratione materiae).
The Prosecutor v. Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic
28/06/2005 – Fax
29/06/2005 – Defence response to the prosecution motion for joinder.
29/06/2005 – Defence response to "prosecution's motion for leave
to amend the amended indictment."
29/06/2005 – Defence response to the prosecution motion for joinder
(different to above).
The Prosecutor v. Milan Milutinovic et al
30/06/2005 – Fax from govt. of Canada to Gen. Ojdanic's defence.
29/06/2005 - Prosecution's quarterly report on the situation of witness.
30/06/2005 – Letter from Czech Republic.
The Prosecutor v. Savo Todovic and Mitar Rasevic
28/06/2005 – Sovo Todovic's Defence supplemental submission in the
context of the Prosecutor's motion under rule 11bis, with annexes
I to III
30/06/2005 -Decision on Savo Todovic's Defence motion for access
to all confidential and under seal material in the Krnojelac case
The Prosecutor v. Momir Nikolic
28/06/2005 – Motion to amend notice of Appeal.
The Proscutor v. Drago Nikolic
29/06/2005 – Order referring the joinder motion.
01/07/2005 – Response on behalf of Drago Nikolic to Prosecution motion
for joinder of accused. complete version
The Prosecutor v. Milan Babic
30/06/2005 – Scheduling order (Appeals Judgement scheduled for 18
July 2005 at 2.15 p.m.).
The Prosecutor v Naser Oric
30/06/2005 – Addendum to prosecution's request to amend the second
04/07/2005 – Decision on first and second defence filings pursuant
to scheduling order.
04/07/2005 - Decision on request for certification to appeal trial
Chamber's Decision on Defence Filings.
04/07/2005 – Urgent Defence motion for a stay of the proceedings
The Prosecutor v. Vidoje Blagojevic and Dragan Jokic
02/07/2005 – Dragan Jokic's Amended Motion for disclosure.
02/07/2005 – Dragan Jokic's motion for extension of time to file
The Prosecutor v. Prlic, Stojic, Praljak, Petkovic, Coric
01/07/2005 – Order on Jadranko Prlic's Motion for variation of
conditions of Provisional Release.
01/07/2005 – Order on Slobodan Praljak's Motion for variation
of conditions of Provisional Release.
01/07/2005 – Decision on Proscution's Motion regarding Defence Rule
70 material and Defence sensitive witnesses in related case.
01/07/2005 – Decision on Praljak's application for an order to the
Prosecution to disclose information about sensitive witnesses.
01/07/2005 – Decision on Defence's motions for separate trials and
severance of counts