1 Wednesday, 2 September 2015
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 [The appellants entered court]
5 [The appellant Pusic not present]
6 --- Upon commencing at 3.00 p.m.
7 JUDGE MERON: Please be seated.
8 [Trial Chamber and Legal Officer confer]
9 JUDGE MERON: Registrar, would you please call the case.
10 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is case number
11 IT-04-74-A, The Prosecutor versus Prlic et al.
12 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, registrar.
13 Let me begin by ensuring that the audio equipment is working
14 properly. Can the appellants hear the proceedings they understand?
15 Let me begin with Mr. Prlic.
16 THE APPELLANT PRLIC: Good afternoon. Yes, I hear you,
17 Mr. President.
18 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
19 Mr. Stojic.
20 THE APPELLANT STOJIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. I hear
21 you fine. Everything is all right. Thank you.
22 JUDGE MERON: Mr. Praljak.
23 THE APPELLANT PRALJAK: [Interpretation] I can hear you,
24 Your Honour.
25 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. Mr. Petkovic.
1 THE APPELLANT PETKOVIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. I can
2 hear you.
3 JUDGE MERON: Mr. Coric.
4 THE APPELLANT CORIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. Everything
5 is all right. Thank you.
6 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. I note that on 26 August 2015 Mr. Pusic
7 filed his consent to hold today's Status Conference in his absence.
8 Appearances by the Prosecution.
9 MR. STRINGER: Good afternoon, Mr. President. For the
10 Prosecution, Douglas Stringer, Aditya Menon, and Legal Intern
11 Zachary Nichols.
12 JUDGE MERON: Thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. Stringer.
13 For the Defence now.
14 For Mr. Prlic.
15 MR. KARNAVAS: Good afternoon, Mr. President. Michael Karnavas
16 and Suzana Tomanovic.
17 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
18 For Mr. Stojic.
19 MS. NOZICA: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honour.
20 Senka Nozica and Aidan Ellis.
21 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Nozica.
22 For Mr. Praljak.
23 MS. PINTER: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honour. For
24 General Praljak, Nika Pinter.
25 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Pinter.
1 For Mr. Petkovic.
2 MS. ALABURIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. Vesna Alaburic,
3 Defence counsel.
4 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Alaburic.
5 For Mr. Coric.
6 MS. TOMASEGOVIC-TOMIC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your
7 Honour. Dijana Tomasegovic-Tomic and Drazen Plavec for Mr. Coric. Thank
9 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Tomasegovic-Tomic.
10 Now, for Mr. Pusic we have a remote arrangement; correct?
11 MR. IBRISIMOVIC: [Interpretation][Via videolink] For Mr. Pusic,
12 Fahrudin Ibrisimovic in Sarajevo. Thank you very much.
13 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. Can you hear us well in Sarajevo? You
14 hear us well.
15 MR. IBRISIMOVIC: [Interpretation][Via videolink] Yes, yes.
16 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Mr. Ibrisimovic.
17 As you aware, Rule 65 bis (B) of the Rules of Procedure and
18 Evidence requires a Status Conference to be convened within 120 days
19 after the last Status Conference has been held for each appellant in the
20 Tribunal's custody.
21 A Status Conference serves two primary purposes. First, it
22 allows the appellants an opportunity to express concerns relating to
23 their appeal or detention conditions and for the Tribunal to inquire
24 about the mental and physical condition of the detained persons. Second,
25 it provides an opportunity to update the appellants with respect to the
1 status of their case.
2 In the present case the last Status Conference was held on 12
3 May 2015. Today's Status Conference was scheduled by order issued on 23
4 July 2015.
5 I turn to the situation of health of the appellants. Let me
6 inquire into the status of the detention conditions and health situation
7 of the appellants. If any of the appellants wishes, this discussion can
8 take place in a closed session.
9 Anyone who would like me to close the session? I see no request
10 so we will continue in an open session.
11 Let me ask each of the appellants whether they have any matters
12 which they would like to raise.
13 Mr. Prlic.
14 THE APPELLANT PRLIC: Mr. President, I have no issues to
15 complain, and my health is okay. Thank you.
16 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. I'm glad to hear that.
17 Mr. Stojic.
18 THE APPELLANT STOJIC: [Interpretation] Everything is all right,
19 Your Honour. No problems at all. Thank you.
20 JUDGE MERON: That's good.
21 Mr. Praljak.
22 THE APPELLANT PRALJAK: [Interpretation] I have no problems,
23 Your Honour.
24 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
25 Mr. Petkovic.
18 [Private session]
4 [Open session]
5 THE REGISTRAR: We're in open session, Your Honours.
6 JUDGE MERON: Mr. Coric.
7 THE APPELLANT CORIC: [Interpretation] Your Honour, I have nothing
8 to note about my state of health. Thank you.
9 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Mr. Coric.
10 Counsel for Mr. Pusic. We are going to Sarajevo now.
11 MR. IBRISIMOVIC: [Interpretation][Via videolink] Your Honour, as
12 you know, (redacted). Information about his
13 health is strictly confidential, and we have no need to raise any issue
14 in connection with this.
15 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. I understand there is no need for me to
16 close the session. Thank you very much.
17 I shall now turn to an update of the case. All of the
18 appellants' briefs in this case were filed on 12 January 2015 and all of
19 the Defence and Prosecution respondents' briefs were filed on 7 May 2015.
20 The Defence and Prosecution's reply briefs were filed on 29 May 2015.
21 I note that all of the respondents' briefs were filed
22 confidentially. Public redacted versions of the appeals briefs and the
23 response briefs were filed by 29 July and 19 August 2015 respectively.
24 Public redacted versions of the reply briefs are due on 9 September 2015.
25 Mr. Petkovic and Mr. Pusic, however, have not yet filed public redacted
1 versions of their response briefs, even though their initially filed
2 public response briefs were made confidential. Assuming that there are
3 no issues in this respect, Mr. Petkovic and Mr. Pusic could file motions
4 to lift the confidential status of their briefs.
5 I would like now to turn to the parties and ask them whether they
6 have any other issues that they would like to raise.
7 Mr. Stringer.
8 MR. STRINGER: Nothing for the Prosecution, Mr. President.
9 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. I see -- oh yes.
10 MR. KARNAVAS: Nothing, Mr. President.
11 MS. NOZICA: [Interpretation] Nothing, Your Honour. Thank you.
12 MS. PINTER: [Interpretation] The Defence of General Praljak has
13 no issues to raise.
14 MS. ALABURIC: [Interpretation] No further issues to raise. Thank
16 MS. TOMASEGOVIC-TOMIC: [Interpretation] No further issues to
17 raise. Thank you.
18 JUDGE MERON: So none of the appellants have any other issues,
19 and the Prosecutor has no issues. Since there are no other matters to be
20 raised, I would like --
21 [Trial Chamber and Legal Officer confer]
22 JUDGE MERON: Thank you for reminding me.
23 Before concluding today's session, let me just say that I've just
24 signed a confidential order to redact the public transcript of today's
25 hearing with regard to a matter raised by Mr. Petkovic earlier, to delete
1 it from the transcript.
2 Since there are no other matters to be raised, I thank the
3 parties for their attendance and adjourn the hearing.
4 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned at
5 3.15 p.m.