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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 26th Jan 2000

ICTY Press Briefing - 26 January 2000

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

ICTY Weekly
Press Briefing

Date: 26 January 2000

Time: 13:00 p.m.


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

as a reminder, President Claude Jorda will give a Press Conference tomorrow
at 11.00 a.m. in Courtroom I. All media are welcome to attend.

Vladimir Santic and Drago Josipovic, have filed two notices of appeal in the
Kupreskic and other case.

the decision in the contempt of court case against Tadic’s former defence
counsel, Milan Vujin, is due on Monday 31 January at 10.00 a.m.



Paul Risley, Spokesman for the Office of the Prosecutor, made the following

Carla Del Ponte met this morning with the Honourable David Scheffer, US Ambassador
at Large for War Crimes.

Prosecutor will travel today to Berne in Switzerland, for meetings with the
Swiss Government concerning the Rwanda Tribunal.

will then be in Davos for the World Economic Forum on 28-29 January.

the beginning of next week, the Prosecutor will travel to London, where she
will meet British officials. This trip is similar to those already held in Paris
and Brussels.

yesterday’s arrest of Mitar Vasiljevic brings the total to 17 arrests made
by SFOR and the first for this year.

added that Vasiljevic had arrived at the UN Detention Unit at 10.30 last night.



Asked whether
any other notices of appeal had been filed in the Kupreskic and others case,
Landale replied that there had not been.

Asked a reaction
from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) concerning the reduction in the Tadic
sentence, Risley replied that this was not the sentence the OTP had hoped
for, however, that they were relieved that this appeared to mark the end of
this long lasting trial. The OTP would look to the future and upcoming trials
before the Tribunal, he concluded.

Asked whether
the Tadic trial was a good indication of the speed at which Tribunal cases
would proceed in the future, Landale replied that he did not believe this
to be the case. He added that this had been a long trial due to certain delays,
notably the Vujin contempt of court proceedings. He believed that trials should
proceed more quickly now as various amendments had been proposed during plenary
sessions and that the Rules Committee would continue to consider ways of making
the procedure more streamlined. This was something the Judges were very mindful
of and a continuous focus of discussion whenever they met, he concluded.

Asked what
assistance the Swiss Government was giving to the Tribunal and what the Prosecutor
would discuss with the Swiss Government, Risley replied that the Prosecutor
would seek the cooperation and participation of the Swiss Government with
the Rwanda Tribunal.