Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Thursday, 9 May 2002

2 [Open session]

3 [The accused entered court]

4 [Accused Naletilic not present]

5 --- Upon commencing at 2.20 p.m.

6 JUDGE LIU: Call the case, please, Madam Registrar.

7 THE REGISTRAR: Good afternoon, Your Honours. This is case number

8 IT-98-34-T, the Prosecutor versus Naletilic and Martinovic.

9 JUDGE LIU: Yes, Mr. Krsnik?

10 MR. KRSNIK: [Interpretation] Good afternoon, Your Honours. Your

11 Honours, I wish to inform you about certain events that occurred

12 yesterday, and I was quite astonished by them, I have to say. After the

13 end of the hearing yesterday, I met the Defence counsel, Mr. Pisarevic in

14 the defence room, whose client is on the same floor as my client in the

15 detention unit, and he tells me that Mr. -- He asked me how Mr. Naletilic

16 is, and I said, "Well, he probably wasn't feeling too well so that's why

17 he wasn't -- that's why he wasn't here." And then he said, "Do not you

18 know that he was taken straight to the surgery after the hearing two days

19 ago?" And I said, "I have no idea." And I didn't have any idea until

20 this very day when I called the detention unit. And my client, I got in

21 touch with him today, because the day before yesterday, he was taken

22 straight to the hospital from this courtroom and at 8.00 p.m., a

23 coronography. It's a very serious and very dangerous surgical procedure.

24 Nobody informed his Defence counsel. The Madam Registrar also learned

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1 counsel. And after such a surgery, if you given a person in such a state

2 a piece of paper, a waiver of his right to attend trial -- I mean. He

3 didn't have the opportunity to consult me. I didn't have any idea what

4 was going on. This is an international Tribunal, Your Honours. Can we go

5 into private session, please, Your Honours?

6 JUDGE LIU: Yes, we will go to the private session.

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20 --- Whereupon the hearing adjourned at

21 2.33 p.m., to be reconvened on Monday,

22 the 13th day of May, 2002, at 2.15 p.m.

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