Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Monday, 16th March 1998

2 (3.45pm)

3 (The accused entered court)

4 JUDGE JORDA: I first wish to apologise on

5 behalf of my colleagues and myself for this delay, but

6 it was due to other official engagements affecting the

7 Tribunal, which is an international body, and obviously

8 has certain obligations which require the presence of

9 the judges. I wish to welcome the accused -- do you

10 hear me, General Blaskic.

11 GENERAL BLASKIC: Good afternoon, your

12 Honours, I can hear you very well indeed.

13 JUDGE JORDA: If General Blaskic can hear me

14 there is every chance parties can hear me as well. We

15 can proceed to the continuation of our hearing.

16 MR. HARMON: Good afternoon, your Honours and

17 counsel. We would request, Mr. President, to proceed in

18 a closed session.

19 JUDGE JORDA: Very well. As I do not know

20 exactly why you are asking for a closed session,

21 I assume it is in order to explain to us why you are

22 asking for a closed session?

23 MR. HARMON: That is correct.

24 JUDGE JORDA: I say that for the benefit of

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3 session, but I now understand the reasons. I turn to

4 my colleagues, I have their approval. Under those

5 conditions, we can pass on to a closed session now. A

6 private session or a closed session?

7 MR. HARMON: A private session is sufficient

8 for the purposes of my request.

9 JUDGE JORDA: Very well, private session,

10 Mr. Registrar.

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11 JUDGE JORDA: We will suspend the hearing

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13 (5.58pm)

14 (The hearing adjourned until Tuesday, 17th March 1998

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