Before: Judge Almiro Rodrigues, Presiding

Judge Fouad Riad

Judge Patricia Wald

Registrar: Mr Hans Holthuis

Order of: 22 January 2001









Office of the Prosecutor:

Mr Mark Ierace


Counsel for the Defence:

Ms Mara Pilipović




TRIAL CHAMBER I of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 (the "Trial Chamber");

NOTING that on 4 October 2000, the Trial Chamber scheduled the Pre-trial Conference pursuant to Rule 73 bis of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (the "Rules") on 23 January 2001;

NOTING that by Decision of 20 November 2000, the Registrar withdrew the assignment of Mr Nikola Kostich as Counsel for the Defence, effective 1 December 2000, and assigned Ms Mara Pilipović as Counsel for the Defence, effective 24 November 2000;

NOTING that on 19 January 2001, Ms Pilipović informed the Trial Chamber inter alia that she estimates that a minimum of five months is required for the preparation of the case for the Defence, and that she will meet with the Prosecution towards the end of January 2001;

EXPRESSING CONCERN at the fact that the accused has been in detention since 21 December 1999 while the pre-trial preparation of the case is only at a very preliminary stage, and CALLING upon the Parties to conjointly prepare the case for trial with the utmost priority and professionalism;

RE-SCHEDULES the Pre-trial Conference to a date to be announced at a later stage;

SCHEDULES a Status Conference on 30 January 2001 from 16:00 to 17:30 hours, to be extended to no later than 18:00 hours only if absolutely necessary;

ORDERS the Parties to meet prior to the Status Conference on 30 January 2001 in order to discuss the pre-trial preparation of the case and, further to the Prosecutionís "Motion for the Trial Chamber to Travel to Sarajevo" of 14 July 2000, to continue negotiating a draft protocol for the proposed travel with a view to accelerating the proceedings in the case;

INFORMS the Parties that during the Status Conference they should be prepared to report on the progress made on these issues, including, with regard to the pre-trial preparation of the case:

  1. Disclosure of materials pursuant to Rule 66(A)(ii) and Rule 68;
  2. Progress towards completing the pre-trial filings required by Rule 65 ter, particularly whether the parties have made any progress in agreeing on undisputed matters of law and fact, pursuant to Rule 65 ter E(ii) and (iii), and, with respect to the Prosecution, the filing of:

  1. a pre-trial brief pursuant to Rule 65 ter (E)(i);
  2. a list of witnesses it intends to call pursuant to Rule 65 ter (E)(iv); and
  3. a list of exhibits it intends to offer pursuant to Rule 65 ter (E)(v);

  1. Possibility of reducing the number of issues in dispute through judicial notice pursuant to Rule 94;
  2. Whether the accused plans to offer an alibi defence pursuant to Rule 67(A)(ii)(a);
  3. Adducing evidence pursuant to Rule 92 bis;
  4. Possibility of taking some testimony by deposition pursuant to Rule 71 or by video-conference link pursuant to Rule 71 bis; and
  5. Schedule for the submission of reports by expert witnesses pursuant to Rule 94 bis;

INFORMS the Parties that future Status Conferences will be scheduled with a view to completing the pre-trial stage of the case by July 2001;

Done in English and French, the English version being authoritative.




Almiro Rodrigues

Presiding Judge and Pre-trial Judge


Done this 22 January 2001

At The Hague,

The Netherlands.


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