Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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 1                           Friday, 28 November 2003

 2                           [Status Conference]

 3                           [Open session]

 4                           [The accused entered court]

 5                           --- Upon commencing at 2.29 p.m.

 6             JUDGE ORIE:  Madam Registrar, would you please call the case.

 7             THE REGISTRAR:  Case number IT-01-42/2-I, the Prosecutor versus

 8     Vladimir Kovacevic.

 9             JUDGE ORIE:  Thank you, Madam Registrar.

10             Mr. Kovacevic, can you hear me in a language you understand?

11             THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Yes, I can, Your Honour.

12             JUDGE ORIE:  I was on the wrong channel.  Could you repeat your

13     answer, please.

14             THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] I can hear you.

15             JUDGE ORIE:  Thank you, Mr. Kovacevic.

16             May I have the appearances.  The Prosecution first.

17             MS. SOMERS:  For the Prosecution Susan L. Somers, senior trial

18     attorney,  Mr. Philip Weiner, co-counsel and Ms. Victoria McCreath, case

19     manager.

20             JUDGE ORIE:  Thank you, Ms. Somers.

21             And for the Defence.

22             MS. RADOSAVLJEVIC: [Interpretation] Tanja Radosavljevic.

23             JUDGE ORIE:  Thank you, Ms. Radosavljevic.

24             First of all, good afternoon to all of you both in and outside

25     the courtroom.

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 1             As announced on the 3rd of November during the Initial

 2     Appearance, the Chamber decided that we'll meet within the 30 days as we

 3     find them in the year, in the Rules, the 30 days in which, under normal

 4     circumstances, a plea would be entered.  Since there might be a few

 5     medical issues to be discussed, I suggest to the parties that we'd go

 6     into private session in order to be able to freely discuss rather

 7     personal and medical matters.

 8             I see no objections.  Therefore, Madam Registrar, I'd like to go

 9     in private session.

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 4                           [Open session]

 5             JUDGE ORIE: We now are in open session again, after having

 6     discussed mainly medical issues in private session.

 7             Ms. Radosavljevic, is there any other issue you'd like to raise

 8     now in open session?

 9             MS. RADOSAVLJEVIC:  No, Your Honour, not for the moment.

10             JUDGE ORIE:  Not for the moment.

11             Not for the Prosecution either.

12             Then as far as the timing of the medical examination is

13     concerned, I did understand that the assignment is about to take place

14     and that one of the reasons why number 1 of the list was not chosen is

15     availability, that's -- although, the difference in time -- the delay

16     caused by that would not have been very substantial; but nevertheless,

17     the -- it is preferred to have the report as soon as possible.

18             I take it that it will take, to prepare the report, one or two

19     weeks, but I have to ask you to get in touch with the Registrar, who's

20     finally responsible for the assignment of these experts.

21             The Chamber, however, wants to be informed on a regular basis,

22     and the Chamber intends to have an appearance with regular intervals so

23     that we don't lose track; that is to say, that at approximately every 30

24     days we would have an appearance, at least a court hearing, in which the

25     Chamber is further informed about the progress made up till that moment. 

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 1     These hearings will be scheduled after consultation with counsel, in

 2     order not to create a situation where unnecessary travelling is needed to

 3     attend those hearings; and that's especially too for the -- for the

 4     Defence, I would say.

 5             If there's no further issue to be discussed at this moment, I

 6     announce that a decision on granting a further delay for entering a plea

 7     will be delivered on shortest notice; that means within a couple of days.

 8             And we now are adjourned.

 9                           --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned

10                           at 3.00 p.m.