Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Tuesday, 11th January, 2000

2 [Status Conference]

3 [Open session]

4 [The accused entered court]

5 --- Upon commencing at 10.01 a.m.

6 JUDGE HUNT: Call the case. Thank you.

7 THE REGISTRAR: [Interpretation] Case number

8 IT-97-25-PT, the Prosecutor against the accused

9 Krnojelac.

10 JUDGE HUNT: For the Prosecution.

11 MR. RYNEVELD: If it please the Court. Dirk

12 Ryneveld, along with Peggy Kuo and George Huber, and

13 we're prepared to proceed this morning, Your Honour.

14 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you. For the accused.

15 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] Your Honour, I

16 am Mihajlo Bakrac, a lawyer, and I represent the

17 accused Krnojelac. This time I'm alone in representing

18 my client. Thank you.

19 JUDGE HUNT: Mr. Krnojelac, are you able to

20 hear the proceedings in a language which you

21 understand?

22 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Yes, Your

23 Honour. Yes, Your Honour, I can follow.

24 JUDGE HUNT: Well, this is a Status

25 Conference called as required by the Rules. Whether

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1 there's any particular matter that you want to raise, I

2 don't know. I've certainly received no notice of any.

3 Are there any matters that the Prosecution

4 wish to raise?

5 MR. RYNEVELD: The only thing, Your Honour,

6 is that I've had a very brief discussion with my

7 learned friend, and in terms of the ongoing attempt to

8 perhaps talk about admissions, and the other aspect, of

9 course, is getting a statement from the accused, an

10 interview, he indicates that those matters will all

11 await, of course, the fact that we're still awaiting

12 the decision on the Defence challenge to the amended

13 indictment. So that is the only outstanding matter

14 that I understand is, at the moment, left to resolve

15 before my friend and I can get on with the matters of

16 an interview of the accused, for example.

17 JUDGE HUNT: Well, I'm very sorry about that

18 delay. There was a draft almost completed, I think, at

19 the end of November when events of December and three

20 hearings got away from us. But it should be finished

21 shortly, and in any event bearing in mind that Judge

22 Cassese is retiring at the end of the month, it has to

23 be delivered before then. But I think it shall be

24 delivered well before then.

25 MR. RYNEVELD: Thank you.

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1 JUDGE HUNT: So you'll be able to get on with

2 those matters.

3 Now, Mr. Bakrac, are there any matters from

4 your point of view that you want to raise?

5 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] No, Your

6 Honour. I completely agree with what my learned friend

7 the Prosecutor has just stated. We discussed the

8 matter prior to the Status Conference and matters are

9 as they stand. I don't think there will be any

10 impediment to further agreement and to speeding up the

11 case once we receive a response to our motion. I have

12 no further questions on my part. I have talked to the

13 accused as to whether there are any matters we could

14 discuss at this Status Conference, but he has none to

15 offer at this present point in time, unless he says

16 otherwise. Thank you, Your Honour.

17 JUDGE HUNT: Do you want to speak to him

18 about that?

19 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] I have already

20 talked to him. I talked to him before the start of the

21 Status Conference, and that's why I say that I'm

22 speaking on his behalf, and we agreed that we would

23 await the decision and then continue. Thank you.

24 JUDGE HUNT: All right. Thank you very

25 much. I will adjourn this Status Conference. If there

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1 are any other applications to be made, you should put

2 them in by way of a motion. The judgement will be

3 given as soon as we can possibly do so, and I apologise

4 again for the delay.

5 I'll adjourn.

6 --- Whereupon the Status Conference

7 adjourned at 10.08 a.m. sine die