1 Friday, 26 May 2000
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 [The accused entered court]
5 --- Upon commencing at 9.59 a.m.
6 JUDGE HUNT: Call the case, please.
7 THE REGISTRAR: Good morning, Your Honour.
8 The case number, IT-98-32-PT, the Prosecutor versus
9 Mitar Vasiljevic.
10 JUDGE HUNT: Appearances, please.
11 MS. KORNER: Joanna Korner representing the
12 Prosecution together with Ann Sutherland.
13 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you, Ms. Korner.
14 For the accused.
15 MR. DOMAZET: Vladimir Domazet, counsel of
16 Mitar Vasiljevic.
17 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you. Mr. Vasiljevic, are
18 you able to hear the proceedings in a language which
19 you understand?
20 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Yes.
21 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you very much. You may
22 sit down.
23 This is a Status Conference held in
24 accordance with the provisions of Rule 65 and within
25 the time limit imposed by that Rule.
1 Ms. Korner, what is happening about the
2 disclosure of the supporting material?
3 MS. KORNER: Well, Your Honour, the
4 supporting material was disclosed to Mr. Domazet some
5 time ago when he came onto the case.
6 JUDGE HUNT: Yes. I remember you were
7 waiting until counsel was appointed.
8 MS. KORNER: That's right.
9 JUDGE HUNT: Do you remember what date it
11 MS. KORNER: Off the top of my head I can't,
12 no. I'm sure Ms. Sutherland will be able to assist me.
13 JUDGE HUNT: Was it in a language the accused
15 MS. KORNER: Yes. Can I mention on that
16 topic, Your Honour, this: The disclosure took place
17 with the name and any information which might identify
18 the witnesses redacted. However, that is how it went
19 before the Confirming Judge. So in this case, as
20 opposed to another case which Your Honour is seized of,
21 the supporting material is in identical form.
22 JUDGE HUNT: Good. Thank you very much. I
23 rather suspected that might be the case.
24 MS. KORNER: But, Your Honour, could I say
25 this: We served upon the Court, if that's the right
1 word, lodged with the Court a motion for protective
2 measures in identical terms to the one which has been
3 put in place in the case of Brdjanin and Talic. That
4 was given to counsel who originally represented
5 Mr. Vasiljevic, but I understand from speaking to
6 Mr. Domazet very briefly this morning that he never
7 received it, and Your Honour will have seen there's
8 been no response lodged to that motion within the time
9 period, but I think that's because Mr. Domazet's never
10 had it.
11 JUDGE HUNT: Right. What about the -- any
12 additional statements from -- what is it? -- Rule
14 MS. KORNER: Can I put Your Honour in the
15 picture straight away? Some further statements have
16 been taken. They're in the process of being
17 translated. They will be disclosed to the Defence as
18 soon as that is done, and effective, Your Honour, this
19 case is ready to go any time that this Trial Chamber
20 orders it, so far as the Prosecution is concerned.
21 JUDGE HUNT: When do you expect to serve
22 these further statements.
23 MS. KORNER: It will be a question of the
24 translation department. As Your Honour may know, it's
25 very overburdened in the moment. We would hope within
1 the next two to three weeks.
2 JUDGE HUNT: Right. Thank you very much.
3 Well, Mr. Domazet, when were you served with
4 the supporting material, do you remember?
5 MR. DOMAZET: Yes. I think, Your Honour, it
6 was about 15 February, I think, 15 or 16. I was here.
7 JUDGE HUNT: Does that mean, from your
8 silence, that we are not going to have an application
9 under Rule 72 in relation to the form of the
11 MR. DOMAZET: Yes. Yes, Your Honour.
12 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you. That means we're not
13 going to get any application. Thank you very much.
14 Now, is there any matter which you wish to
15 raise within the terms of Rule 65 in relation to your
17 MR. DOMAZET: No, Your Honour. I'm awaiting
18 additional materials and we are preparing our witnesses
19 and the others.
20 JUDGE HUNT: But you are familiar, are you,
21 with the terms of Rule 65 bis as to the matters which
22 you are entitled to raise on behalf of your client?
23 MR. DOMAZET: Yes, Your Honour.
24 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you very much. And
25 there's nothing further you want to raise?
1 MR. DOMAZET: No.
2 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you. Well, is there
3 anything that either party wishes to raise at this
5 MS. KORNER: Only this, Your Honour, and it
6 doesn't really particularly apply, but the question of
7 protective measures does apply to a number of cases,
8 and I think it would assist if we were to have some
9 idea of when we were likely to get a ruling.
10 JUDGE HUNT: Hopefully soon. The draft is
11 well under way.
12 MS. KORNER: Thank you.
13 JUDGE HUNT: If I may remind you -- probably
14 you do not need reminding, Ms. Korner, but there is the
15 continuing obligation which the Prosecution has under
16 Rule 66, 67, and 68, and no doubt you'll keep it in
17 mind should anything further arise.
18 Nothing further you wish to raise,
19 Mr. Domazet?
20 MR. DOMAZET: No, Your Honour. About this 65
21 bis, no.
22 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you very much. That so --
23 MS. KORNER: I'm so sorry. May I just
24 mention one other matter. I think it may assist the
25 Court to know that not only do we anticipate being in a
1 position to go; Pre-Trial brief will be begun and
2 lodged quite soon. But it's a very short case. We
3 anticipate that the Prosecution case will take no more
4 than about 14 days in all.
5 JUDGE HUNT: So that if we have a slot for a
6 short case, this is a good candidate.
7 MS. KORNER: Absolutely. Yes.
8 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you very much for that.
9 I'm not holding out any promises, I should say, but
10 it's a very good idea to have a case ready to run at
11 short notice, hopefully.
12 MS. KORNER: Yes. Ms. Sutherland reminds me,
13 correctly, that perhaps if the Registry were to provide
14 Mr. Domazet with a copy of the motion, because he
15 hasn't had it, would Your Honour say that he could then
16 have 14 days from today to respond if he so wishes?
17 JUDGE HUNT: That depends on whether he will
18 be served with it today.
19 MS. KORNER: Your Honour, I merely raised it
20 to assist Mr. Domazet.
21 JUDGE HUNT: Oh, yes. I understand that.
22 Well, just one moment.
23 [Trial Chamber and legal officer confer]
24 JUDGE HUNT: We'll seek to ensure that
25 Mr. Domazet gets a copy of that motion today, and we'll
1 extend the time for 14 days from today in which to
2 respond to that motion for protective measures. That's
3 all. Thank you very much for attending, and we'll
5 --- Whereupon the Status Conference
6 adjourned at 10.08 a.m.