Before: Judge David Hunt, Presiding
Judge Antonio Cassese
Judge Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba

Mrs. Dorothee de Sampayo Garrido-Nijgh

Order of:
22 March 1999







The Office of the Prosecutor:

Mr. Franck Terrier
Ms. Peggy Kuo
Mrs. Hildegard Uertz-Retzlaff

Counsel for the Accused:

Mr. Mihajlo Bakrac
Mr. Miroslav Vasic


THIS TRIAL CHAMBER of the International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 ("International Tribunal"),

NOTING the "Decision on the Defence Preliminary Motion on the Form of the Indictment" issued by the Trial Chamber on 24 February 1999, which directed the Prosecutor to, inter alia, file and serve an amended indictment by 26 March 1999 ("Time limit"),

FURTHER NOTING the "Prosecutor’s Motion for Extension of Time to File Amended Indictment" filed 18 March 1999 ("Motion") seeking an extension of the Time limit to 23 April 1999, on the basis of the illness of one of the prosecution’s co-counsel,

FURTHER NOTING that the "Order for Filing of Motions" issued by the Trial Chamber on 17 June 1998 provides, inter alia, "unless specifically ordered otherwise, the receiving party has fourteen calendar days from the date of filing of the motion to file its response, if any",

DESIRING to make a decision upon the Motion prior to the expiry of the Time limit,

CONSIDERING the need to ensure a fair and expeditious trial pursuant to Article 20, paragraph 1, of the Statute of the International Tribunal ("Statute"),

PURSUANT to Article 20, paragraph 1 of the Statute and Rule 54 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal,


  1. The Defence must file and serve any response to the Motion on or before 12.00 pm Thursday, 25 March 1999; and
  2. The decision upon the Motion will issue after the filing of any such response by the Defence.


Done in English and French, the English text being authoritative.


David Hunt
Presiding Judge

Dated this twenty second day of March 1999,
At The Hague,
The Netherlands

[Seal of the Tribunal]