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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing - 1 July 2009

Date:  01.07.2009   
Time: 12:00
Registry and Chambers:

Nerma Jelačić, Spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, made the following statement:
Last Friday, Milan Martić, the former wartime political leader of Croatian Serbs, was transferred to Estonia to serve his 35-year sentence for crimes committed against Croats and other non-Serbs in Croatia between 1991 to 1994.

An update regarding provisional release situations, on Wednesday 24 June, the Appeals Chamber granted Vladimir Lazarević, an extension of his provisional release until 15 July 2009.

And on Friday, 26 June Momčilo Krajišnik returned to the Detention Unit from his three-day provisional release.

In the courts this week:

In the Florence Hartmann case, the Prosecution and the Defence are expected to file their final briefs tomorrow and final arguments will take place the following day, 3 July at 9:00 in courtroom I. Each party will have one hour to present final arguments.

A status conference will be held on Tuesday, 7 July in the case of Dragomir Milosevic in Courtroom II. The exact time is yet to be confirmed.

The hearings in the case of Gotovina and others as well as those of Momčilo Perišić, Vlastmir Ðorđević, and Prlić and others will continue this week and next. The trial of Stanišić and Simatović will continue as scheduled on Monday and in the case of Vojislav Šešelj, the Chamber is expected to hear a protected witness on Tuesday, 7 July at 14:15 in Courtroom II.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Olga Kavran, Spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor, made the following statement:

The Office of the Prosecutor welcomes liaison prosecutors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia to the Tribunal. They were designated by their respective public prosecution services and will be here for the next six months working side by side with OTP staff.

They will conduct research and collect material for the purposes of national war crimes investigations and cases and will be the contact points for their colleagues in the region. They will be working closely with the OTP’s Transition Team. They will also have an opportunity to assist and consult with staff of the OTP on related ICTY.
The main purpose of this program is to further strengthen the capacity of national prosecutors to deal with a large number of war crimes cases through “on the job” training.

More information can be found in the press release we issued this morning on the matter.


A journalist asked how to view next week’s hearing in Seselj case in light of the previous decision of the Trial Chamber to suspend the trial. Jelačić stated that a Trial Chamber witness is expected to testify and not one of the group affected by the decision to adjourn the trial. Jelačić further noted that more may be known after next week’s hearing.