Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Monday, 10 December 2001

2 [Status Conference]

3 [Open session]

4 [The accused entered court]

5 --- Upon commencing at 4.30 p.m.

6 JUDGE HUNT: Call the case, please.

7 THE REGISTRAR: Case number IT-97-25-T, the Prosecutor versus

8 Milorad Krnojelac.

9 JUDGE HUNT: Appearances for the Prosecution.

10 MS. KUO: Good afternoon, Your Honour. Peggy Kuo on behalf of the

11 Prosecution.

12 JUDGE HUNT: Good to see you again.

13 And, Mr. Bakrac, you too.

14 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] Good afternoon. Mihajlo Bakrac for

15 the Defence.

16 JUDGE HUNT: And, Mr. Krnojelac, are you able to hear the

17 proceedings in a language which you are able to understand?

18 THE ACCUSED: [Interpretation] Your Honours, I can hear it, thank

19 you.

20 JUDGE HUNT: Thank you very much. It's good to see you here too.

21 This is a Status Conference called in accordance with Rule 65 ter. I

22 think, Mr. Bakrac, I should ask you is there anything you want to raise

23 relating to the mental and physical condition of your client?

24 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] Your Honour, I had an opportunity to

25 talk to my client and -- well, before this Status Conference, and I

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1 sincerely hope that both the mental and physical state of my client have

2 been preserved, even though I think that everybody is clear about the

3 uncertainty between now and the sentencing date. It does have an effect.

4 So I would appreciate if we could have at least a time frame within which

5 we could expect the judgement to come down.

6 JUDGE HUNT: Well, Mr. Bakrac, if I gave you some indication and

7 then we didn't live up to it, your client would be even more disappointed.

8 I can assure you we have been hard at work. It has not been an easy

9 judgement to write, mainly because of the immense number of incidents,

10 which we have been very careful to look at individually. But it is

11 getting close. That's the best I think I should say. If I say any more,

12 your client, I think, would be distressed if we were later than we said we

13 anticipated.

14 Is there anything else you want to raise?

15 MR. BAKRAC: [Interpretation] No, Your Honour, everything else is

16 fine, as far as what I have talked about, my client, regarding his mental

17 and physical state. And I already mentioned his anticipation. So that's

18 all, thank you.

19 JUDGE HUNT: And the fact that he has become a little more hirsute

20 than he was before by growing a mustache, that is not any indication, I

21 hope, of his mental state having deteriorated.

22 Is there anything that the Prosecution wants to raise, Ms. Kuo?

23 MS. KUO: No, Your Honour.

24 JUDGE HUNT: Very well, then. Well, we are grateful to you all

25 for coming. It is unfortunate that you haven't got a judgement yet, and

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1 we understand that, but we have been working very hard. I assure you the

2 next time that we see you it will not necessarily be for sentencing,

3 Mr. Bakrac, as you suggested. It will be for judgement and, according to

4 what the judgement is, also sentencing. Well, we shall see you then.

5 I'll adjourn now.

6 --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned

7 at 4.33 p.m.