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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 8th Mar 2000

ICTY Press Briefing - 8 March 2000

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


ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 8 March 2000

Time: 11:30 a.m.



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

As you should
have seen from our press advisory, the initial appearance for Dragoljub Prcac,
will take place on Friday at 3 p.m. in Courtroom III.

On 7 March 2000,
Trial Chamber III (Judges Robinson (Presiding), Hunt and Bennouna) ordered that
the Prosecution disclose certain specified documents in connection with SFOR,
or other military and security forces operating on the territory of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, to counsel for Todorovic by 4 April 2000 and that Todorovic shall
by 18 April 2000, inform the Trial Chamber of the steps taken to obtain any
such documents or information not provided by the Prosecutor. The Prosecution
has been ordered to indicate to the Trial Chamber and Defence by 4 April if
such information is not in their custody or control. The order is available
for those who are interested.

On 3 March, Anto
Nobilo filed his submission with regard to his appeal against the contempt of
court judgement. We have copies of that if you are interested.

The Prosecution
case is due to end in Kordic and Cerkez trial on Friday. There will then be
an adjournment until 10 April, when the defence will begin their case-in-chief.

On 7 March, a
scheduling order was issued in the Jelisic case ordering that the appellants’
briefs should be filed by 15 May. By the appellants, I mean the Prosecution,
appealing against Jelisic’s acquittal on the charge of genocide and the defence
appealing on the sentence of 40 years.

The Prosecution
filed on 2 March, a second amended indictment in the Krnojelac case after the
Trial Chamber on 11 February ruled that certain parts of the original indictment
were too vague and sought further clarification.

I would finally
like to clarify something I mentioned last week. That is that, as far as the
ICTY is concerned, Judge Pocar has been appointed to the Appeals Chamber just
to sit on the Furundzija appeal.



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

The Prosecutor
and the Deputy Prosecutor are midway through a working trip this week to Turkey,
Hungary and Germany. At each stop the Prosecutor is meeting with officials of
each government, including the Foreign and Defence Ministers. The Prosecutor
and Deputy Prosecutor will complete this trip by the weekend.


Asked whether
there were any legal impediments to arresting Mladic and Karadic, Landale
replied that there were no legal impediments. He added that the authorities
in the Republika Srpska had failed completely in a number of cases to live
up to their obligations under international law to detain those people indicted
by the Tribunal. Because of this they had been reported to the Security Council
for non-compliance. This was something that the Tribunal continually reminded
them of, he concluded.

Asked whether
the court order in Todorovic was in connection with his alleged kidnapping
in FRY, Landale replied that it was and that copies of the order would be
distributed after the briefing.

Asked for
a response concerning the announcement by Croatian authorities that they were
in possession of documents that could shed light on Blaskic’s role, Risley
replied that there were outstanding orders for the production of documents
by the Government of Croatia before the Tribunal at the request of the Prosecutor.
Any documents that had recently been discovered had to be reviewed with those
orders in mind by the government.

Asked for
information concerning the meeting between the Croatian Ambassador and President
Jorda, Landale replied that a meeting was held yesterday during which the
Croatian Ambassador raised his Governments’ reaction to the Blaskic decision.
President Jorda noted this, however, in keeping with his policy not to comment
on a judgment once it had been handed down, only noted that, although the
judgement might have been taken badly by certain parties in Zagreb, cooperation
with the Tribunal should continue. This cooperation was not dependent upon
Decisions or Judgements handed down by an independent Trial Chamber. The Croatian
authorities were obliged to continue cooperation with the Trial Chamber and
the Tribunal, he concluded.

Asked why
the Prosecutor was visiting Turkey, Risley replied that it was an ordinary
working meeting similar to visits to the United Kingdom and France. Turkey
was a member of NATO and had troops on the ground in Bosnia and was very much
part of the international community’s response to the situation in the former

Asked whether
the Prosecutor and Deputy Prosecutor would be travelling together, Risley
replied that they were.

Asked whether
it was known yet where Tadic would serve his sentence, Landale replied that
no formal decision had been made. In addition, there were still outstanding
matters to deal with such as the Vujin contempt case, he added.

Asked for
information on the surrender of "Tuta" by the Croatian Authorities
to the Tribunal, Landale replied that the Croatian Ambassador had visited
the Tribunal yesterday and had discussions with the Registry. Essentially,
discussions and arrangements were being put in place for "Tuta’s"
possible transfer to the Tribunal and his upcoming initial appearance, he

Asked for more
details of the arrangements being put in place, Landale replied that, once
the medical report had been given to the Tribunal indicating that "Tuta"
was well enough to travel under certain specific medical conditions and with
the appropriate medical supervision that would not put unnecessary stress
on his condition, discussions on how to organise those arrangements had started
and were continuing.

Risley noted
the Prosecutor’s appreciation for the US Government’s announcement this
week that they had printed up of posters giving a reward for the apprehension
of Milosevic, Karadzic and Mladic. The posters send a clear message that
there would be no deals considered for these three individuals and that
the safest thing for them to do was to surrender themselves to the safety
and security of the Tribunal.

He added that
the poster would have a very important effect specifically inside the former
Yugoslavia but also within Europe for galvanizing world opinion that there
would be no separate deals for any of the senior most persons responsible
for crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.

Asked whether
the Blaskic Judgement had been translated yet, Landale replied that it had
not, but that work to translate it was underway.