1 Tuesday, 31st August, 1999
2 [Status Conference]
3 [Open session]
4 --- Upon commencing at 5.35 p.m.
5 JUDGE JORDA: But before we adjourn, I'm
6 saying this for the transcript, this is now a Status
7 Conference, and we can conclude in respect to
8 methodology. It's being understood, of course, that
9 you will have all the time necessary to inform your
10 client of all these conversations.
11 Let me point out that a Trial Chamber of this
12 Tribunal has the witness statements given to it, and
13 frequently the Presiding Judge, at least factually,
14 brings in a certain number of questions which it asks
15 the witness. I've never done this because I've never
16 wanted to force the translation service to do more work
17 than it already has to do, that is, to ask all
18 statements be translated into French. But this is a
19 procedure which is covered by the Rules, and I would
20 also be entitled to ask questions myself. It's been
21 understood that after that, the Prosecutor could ask
22 any additional questions he wants. I simply wanted to
23 point this out to you.
24 Before we take any decision, I would like to
25 consult with my colleagues.
1 [Trial Chamber confers]
2 JUDGE JORDA: [Interpretation] We will hope
3 that Mr. Jelisic is feeling better.
4 Here are at least the temporary provisional
5 conclusions that the Judges have reached:
6 The Judges do not wish and do not find in the
7 text material for imposing any method on the Defence
8 should the Defence not accept that method.
9 Nonetheless, the Judges consider that the parties are
10 free to present their cases as they see fit with
11 respect for the full rights of the accused and his
12 Defence attorneys to conduct a proper
14 Having said this, we suggest that the summary
15 which was drafted by the Office of the Prosecutor, and
16 only by that office, should be presented to the
17 witness, that the witness should identify it so that
18 the exhibit be admitted as an exhibit. I'm not
19 speaking about probative value. I'm simply speaking
20 about admission of the exhibit. The Prosecutor will
21 ask questions in the form of observations drawn from
22 the summary. Fourthly, the Defence will have the
23 required time to conduct its cross-examination.
24 The Defence will, however, before the
25 cross-examination, be required to say how long is going
1 to be required for that cross-examination to be
2 conducted, as covered by a flexible interpretation of
3 Rule 90(H), but which will be interpreted, as I say,
4 with flexibility, as we have always done, and so that
5 the Defence does not feel itself constrained to work
6 within a short time should the examination in chief
7 have been very short.
8 That's how we are going to proceed, which
9 will impose nothing on the Defence.
10 We have noted that the Defence does not agree
11 with the way the proceedings are being conducted and
12 therefore will be able to do as it sees fit in its
13 cross-examination, the way it seems appropriate for its
15 Mr. Prosecutor, could you operate that way
16 starting tomorrow, if we can resume tomorrow?
17 MR. NICE: Certainly, I will do that.
18 While I'm on my feet, would it be convenient
19 to mention one other administrative matter?
20 The Chamber will recall that there are five
21 witnesses on the list provided to the Defence different
22 from the names on an earlier list. I have to know by,
23 I think, Thursday whether they are to come next week,
24 because although they are willing and able to come,
25 they are still in Bosnia.
1 I think it will help the Chamber if it has
2 some knowledge in advance of what those witnesses may
3 say, and it so happens that there are summaries of
4 those witnesses of a similar kind, but much shorter
5 because the witnesses are shorter in the material that
6 they can give. I think each summary is two sides.
7 I'll provide those to my learned friends this evening,
8 and if it would help the Chamber, I could provide them
9 to your legal officers in the morning in case you had
10 an opportunity to pre-read them before tomorrow
11 afternoon's session, and it would help me if I can, at
12 some stage tomorrow afternoon, argue whether or raise
13 with you whether those witnesses should be called to
14 give evidence.
15 I can simply say that for various reasons,
16 not least that other witnesses who had been available
17 to come are now not available, or one in particular,
18 that it's necessary and desirable to call further
19 evidence. In any event, the way I'm presenting the
20 case, in my judgement, makes it desirable for a little
21 more evidence on one or two topics to be available, and
22 that judgement has been substantially reinforced by the
23 very clear and helpful way Mr. Greaves explained today
24 that notwithstanding everything that's in the interview
25 by way of admissions, that's interview of the
1 defendant, there is no acceptance of any killing beyond
2 those which pleas of guilty have been tendered. That
3 may not have been forecast at an earlier stage when
4 pleas of guilty for murder were taken and when my
5 colleagues, then and present, made the decision about
6 witnesses, but now it's known. Therefore, that's
7 another reason. But I'll flush that out tomorrow.
8 If I can make available to you, either
9 tonight or tomorrow morning, the summaries of what
10 those witnesses can say, as I will to my learned
11 friends, I hope that will be helpful.
12 Whether we argue it or discuss it at 2.00 or
13 at some other stage tomorrow afternoon is a matter, of
14 course, for the Chamber, subject to the observations
15 that my friend may make. If, by chance, the defendant
16 isn't here, I hope that it may be possible at least to
17 discuss those witnesses in his absence because of the
18 travel arrangements that I've already referred to.
19 MR. GREAVES: Of course, the defendant is not
20 present at the moment, and I don't know what condition
21 he's in.
22 I hope that if it were to turn out that he
23 was sufficiently unwell to be able to attend tomorrow,
24 that an early decision as to whether or not there would
25 be a sitting at all could be taken. If he's available,
1 then of course we can discuss the matters that my
2 learned friend has raised. But in the absence of the
3 defendant, I wouldn't want to commit myself any further
4 than that.
5 JUDGE JORDA: [Interpretation] Very well. I
6 suggest that we adjourn and resume tomorrow at 2.00.
7 --- Whereupon the hearing adjourned at
8 5.43 p.m. sine die