1 Wednesday, 4 September 2013
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 [The appellant Zupljanin entered court]
5 [The appellant Stanisic not present]
6 --- Upon commencing at 2.59 p.m.
7 JUDGE MERON: Registrar, would you please call the case.
8 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honour. This is case
9 IT-08-91-A, the Prosecutor versus Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin.
10 JUDGE MERON: Thank you so much.
11 Before I commence, I would like to make sure that all parties
12 hear the proceedings in a language they understand.
13 Mr. Zupljanin?
14 THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [Interpretation] I hear you very well.
15 Thank you.
16 JUDGE MERON: Thank you so much.
17 Appearances by the parties. Prosecution, please.
18 MS. PINZAUTI: Good afternoon, Your Honour. My name is
19 Giulia Pinzauti appearing for the Prosecution, together with
20 Mr. Aditya Menon and Ms. Indah Susanti, our case manager. Thank you.
21 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Pinzauti.
22 For the Defence for Mr. Stanisic.
23 MR. ZECEVIC: Good afternoon, Your Honours. My name is
24 Slobodan Zecevic. I'm lead counsel appearing on behalf of Mr. Stanisic.
25 Together with me are our colleagues, legal assistants, Mr. Coman Kenny
1 and Mr. James Jackson. Thank you very much.
2 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
3 The Defence counsel for Mr. Zupljanin, please.
4 MS. CMERIC: Good afternoon, Mr. President. Tatjana Cmeric
5 appearing today on behalf of Mr. Zupljanin.
6 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Ms. Cmeric.
7 I note that Mr. Stanisic is not present in the courtroom. As I
8 know you know, he has waived his right to be present and is therefore
9 represented today by his counsel.
10 This Status Conference is called in accordance with Rule 65 bis
11 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Rule 65 bis (B) requires a
12 Status Conference to be convened within 120 days after the filing of a
13 Notice of Appeal and, thereafter, within 120 days after the last
14 Status Conference, to allow any person in custody pending appeal the
15 opportunity to raise issues in relation thereto, including the mental and
16 physical condition of that person.
17 In the present case, parties filed their Notices of Appeal on
18 13 May 2013. Today's Status Conference is the first in this case and was
19 scheduled by a Scheduling Order issued on 10 July 2013.
20 I turn to detention conditions and health of Mr. Stanisic and
21 would like to inquire into the status of the detention condition and
22 health conditions of Mr. Stanisic. If Mr. Stanisic has any concerns in
23 relation to the detention conditions or his state of health, I would
24 invite Mr. Zecevic to raise them now. If you wish, this discussion can,
25 of course, take place in a private meeting.
1 MR. ZECEVIC: No, Your Honour. I don't think there is any need
2 for a private meeting because Mr. Stanisic has no issues to raise at this
4 JUDGE MERON: Thank you. I'm happy to hear that he has no
5 problems, either with detention or with health conditions. Thank you.
6 MR. ZECEVIC: Thank you.
7 JUDGE MERON: Turning now to Mr. Zupljanin, I would like to
8 inquire into the status of the detention conditions and health situations
9 of Mr. Zupljanin. If you have any concerns in relation to the detention
10 conditions on your state of health, I would invite you to raise them now.
11 If you wish, this discussion can, of course, take place in private
13 Mr. Zupljanin.
14 THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [Interpretation] Thank you,
15 Mr. President. I really have nothing to be proud of. Also, it wouldn't
16 be of much use to complain. I will let everything be as God wills and I
17 wish to thank you.
18 JUDGE MERON: Thank you, Mr. Zupljanin.
19 A few words on the recent procedural history. Before I ask the
20 parties whether there are any additional issues or any issues they would
21 like to raise, may I recount briefly part of the recent procedural
22 history of this case.
23 On 16 April 2013, the parties were granted an extension of time
24 of 15 days to file their Notices of Appeal. On 13 May 2013, all of the
25 parties filed their respective Notices of Appeal. The Prosecution
1 presented two grounds of appeal, Stanisic formulated 15 grounds of
2 appeal, and Zupljanin filed four grounds of appeal.
3 The appellants' briefs were filed on 19 August 2013, with the
4 view to have the briefing of these appeals completed on 16 October 2013.
5 On 2 July 2013, Stanisic filed two motions: One motion seeking admission
6 of additional evidence pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure and
7 Evidence and one motion seeking leave to amend his Notice of Appeal. On
8 23 July 2013, I assigned Judge Carmel Agius to consider both motions. On
9 24 July 2013, Judge Carmel Agius assigned Judge William Hussein Sekule to
10 replace me on the Bench for the purpose of considering these two motions.
11 That composition of the Appeals Chamber will render their decisions on
12 these two motions in due course.
13 On 9 July 2013, Zupljanin sought leave to correct three
14 typographical errors in his Notice of Appeal. The Appeals Chamber
15 granted the request on 19 August 2013. On 12 August 2013, Zupljanin
16 requested leave to amend his Notice of Appeal. The Appeals Chamber will
17 render a decision in due course.
18 At this point, I would like to ask the parties whether they have
19 any other issues that they would like to raise. And let me start with
20 Ms. Pinzauti for the Prosecution.
21 MS. PINZAUTI: Thank you, Your Honour. We have nothing to raise
22 at this stage.
23 JUDGE MERON: Thank you so much.
24 MS. PINZAUTI: Thank you.
25 JUDGE MERON: Counsel for Mr. Stanisic, please.
1 MR. ZECEVIC: Your Honours, we have nothing to raise at this
2 point; however, I would seek a clarification with Your Honour. On
3 page 4, line 3, it says that the briefing -- the view -- "with the view
4 to have the briefing of these appeals completed on 16 October 2013."
5 However, Your Honour's decision granted us the period until -- of
6 11th of November to file the response and the reply in these proceedings.
7 JUDGE MERON: Thank you.
8 [Appeals Chamber and Legal Officer confer]
9 JUDGE MERON: Thank you for drawing my attention to that. We
10 will look into the matter and clarify it as soon as we can. And again
11 thank you very much, too, for drawing my attention to it.
12 MR. ZECEVIC: Thank you, Your Honour.
13 JUDGE MERON: Counsel for Mr. Zupljanin.
14 MS. CMERIC: Thank you, Your Honour. Nothing on behalf of
15 Mr. Zupljanin at this point either.
16 JUDGE MERON: Thank you so much.
17 So I believe that this concludes today's Status Conference, and I
18 thank the parties for their attendance. And I would call these
19 proceedings to a close.
20 --- Whereupon the Status Conference
21 adjourned at 3.10 p.m.