Judge Patrick Robinson, Presiding
Judge David Hunt
Judge Mohamed Bennouna

Mrs. Dorothee de Sampayo Garrido-Nijgh

Order of:
22 September 1999



Blagoje SIMIC
Miroslav TADIC




The Office of the Prosecutor:

Mr. Grant Niemann
Ms. Nancy Paterson
Ms. Suzanne Hayden
Ms. Mary MacFadyen

Counsel for the Accused:

Mr. Slobodan Zecevic and Mr. Eugene O’Sullivan, for Milan Simic
Mr. Igor Pantelic and Mr. Novak Lukic,, for Miroslav Tadic
Mr. Deyan Ranko Brashich, for Stevan Todorovic
Mr. Borislav Pisarevic and Mr. Aleksander Lazarevic, for Simo Zaric


THIS TRIAL CHAMBER 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 ("International Tribunal"),

BEING SEISED of a "Motion regarding the separate trial for Mr. Simo Zaric by the Defense" filed by counsel for the accused, Simo Zaric, on 8 July 1999, the response of the Office of the Prosecutor ("Prosecution") thereto filed on 21 July 1999 and the supplemental filing on behalf of the accused, Simo Zaric, filed on 1 September 1999,

BEING SEISED of a joint motion filed on behalf of the accused, Milan Simic, Miroslav Tadic and Simo Zaric "requesting the Trial Chamber to hear oral argument and decide upon all outstanding pre-trial motions and to set a trial date" filed on 16 August 1999 ("Motion to fix trial date"),

BEING SEISED of a "Motion for a stay of trial" filed on behalf of the accused, Stevan Todorovic, seeking a stay of any trial on the indictment pending determination by the Appeals Chamber of the International Tribunal of an interlocutory appeal filed on 27 August 1999 on behalf of the accused, Stevan Todorovic,

NOTING the "Decision relating to the Trial Chamber’s ruling on the basis of written submissions prior to holding oral arguments as scheduled", issued by the Appeals Chamber in this case on 28 July 1999, directing the Trial Chamber to hold an oral hearing on a Request for Provisional Release filed on behalf of the accused, Miroslav Tadic, on 19 January 1999,

CONSIDERING that, although not appealed, the Trial Chamber had also disposed of a motion for provisional release filed on behalf of the accused, Simo Zaric, on the basis of written submissions and that it would be in the interests of justice for the Trial Chamber to hold an oral hearing on both motions for provisional release,

CONSIDERING that it would assist the Trial Chamber to be fully briefed on all of the above motions and to hear oral argument thereon,

CONSIDERING the requirement of Rule 65 bis of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal ("Rules") to convene a status conference no less frequently than every 120 days,

PURSUANT TO Rules 54 and 65 bis of the Rules,

HEREBY ORDERS as follows:

  1. the Prosecution shall file its responses to the Motion to fix trial date and the Motion for a stay of trial by Monday 11 October 1999;
  2. the Defence shall file their responses thereto by Monday 25 October 1999;
  3. the Trial Chamber shall hear oral argument on all of the above matters on Tuesday 23 November 1999, commencing at 2.30 p.m., to be followed by a closed session status conference.

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

Patrick Robinson

Dated this twenty-second day of September 1999
At The Hague
The Netherlands

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