Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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1 Monday, 27th September, 1999

2 [Status Conference]

3 [Open session]

4 --- Upon commencing at 4.03 p.m.

5 JUDGE MAY: Thank you.

6 Now, are there any other matters before we

7 turn to the Status Conference or, indeed, any matters

8 for the Status Conference? Mr. Fila, yes.

9 MR. FILA: [Interpretation] I apologise, but

10 there is a problem that we need to address.

11 According to the Rules, it is very important

12 whether the accused are cooperative, whether they

13 assist the Court and so on. The accused Radic has

14 spoken to Mr. Keegan and the police. I signed that

15 tape as confidential. I was given one, the

16 Prosecution, and a third for the Court.

17 Without my knowledge and approval, those same

18 tapes are in the possession of Mr. Krstan Simic.

19 Personally, I don't mind, because I would have given

20 them to him if he asked for them. But the question is,

21 that I should like this Trial Chamber to address, if

22 these tapes are given to anyone without the approval of

23 Defence counsel, how sure can we be that people will be

24 ready to cooperate, risking that what they are saying

25 may be made public?

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1 Mr. Krstan Simic is a member of parliament of

2 the Republika Srpska. He could have broadcast that at

3 a parliamentary meeting. As we tend, in Serbia, to

4 accuse each other of being traitors, that's the kind of

5 people we are. This could happen too: Someone could

6 say, "This one was a traitor." So I think a decision

7 by the Trial Chamber would be desirable, a decision

8 that would limit access to such material.

9 In a way, we know that judgements are public

10 and so on, but when something is of this nature, I fear

11 that by such a ready access to such materials, the idea

12 of cooperation with the Prosecution may be

13 compromised.

14 I apologise for raising this matter, but I

15 feel that a ruling needs to be made. If you were to

16 see that tape, you would see that it was stated there

17 that without his approval, the tape would not be used,

18 except for in the internal needs of the Prosecution,

19 until it is tendered into evidence.

20 It is a highly delicate issue, and I would

21 appeal to the Trial Chamber to make a ruling about it.

22 Thank you.

23 JUDGE MAY: Mr. Niemann, yes.

24 MR. NIEMANN: Your Honours, in relation to

25 that matter, firstly let me say that I am very

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1 concerned about anything that would interfere with

2 potential cooperation between an accused person and the

3 Prosecution, and I would like to assure counsel, all

4 counsel for the Defence, that we are very sensitive to

5 this. If we have created any concern by disclosing

6 this material, then that's a matter that is of concern

7 to us.

8 The situation is, Your Honours, that counsel

9 for other accused persons in this trial asked for the

10 records of interview that have been conducted between

11 other accused. In this case, we have one particular

12 record, or I think there is more than one. There was a

13 number of records of interview which we disclosed. We

14 believed it was our obligation to disclose it under

15 Rule 66, if the record of the interview was to be

16 regarded as evidence against other accused persons. If

17 it wasn't, if it was only to be evidence in relation to

18 the accused who participated in the record of

19 interview, then we wouldn't have believed that we had

20 an obligation. So when we disclosed the document, we

21 wrote a letter and said, "It is disclosed on the basis

22 that the Prosecution will maintain that the evidence of

23 that person is evidence against your client."

24 Now, if there are any concerns about these

25 records of interview being made prematurely public,

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1 because ultimately it's our intention to tender them in

2 the course of the proceedings anyway as a public

3 exhibit, but if there is concerns that they may be

4 prematurely disclosed, we would remind Your Honours

5 that the general order of non-disclosure should apply

6 to Mr. Simic as well as anybody else. But if there is

7 any concern about that, we join with and support the

8 Defence in an order -- in seeking from Your Honours an

9 order that if the Prosecution -- that in respect of any

10 records of interview disclosed to other parties by the

11 Prosecution pursuant to its obligation, that those

12 records of interview not be made public.

13 JUDGE MAY: Mr. Niemann, just to assist, the

14 tapes that we're talking about are interviews in

15 relation to these events?

16 MR. NIEMANN: Yes, Your Honour.

17 JUDGE MAY: Like a police interview.

18 MR. NIEMANN: Yes, Your Honour.

19 JUDGE MAY: So it normally would be

20 discloseable, wouldn't it?

21 MR. NIEMANN: There's an argument, Your

22 Honour, that if it's not to be used as evidence against

23 the other accused, then our obligations under Rule 66,

24 it's arguable we don't have an obligation to disclose

25 it.

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1 The approach that I would like to take

2 ordinarily is that they should be disclosed anyway

3 because they are a matter that is going to arise during

4 the trial. But I did take the precaution of having a

5 letter accompany it, saying it was disclosed on that

6 basis.

7 JUDGE MAY: Without prejudice, as it were,

8 without finding what's happened in this particular case

9 or, indeed, if anything has happened, would it be

10 sensible then to make an order restricting the

11 disclosure of the records of interview, as you

12 suggest?

13 MR. NIEMANN: Yes, Your Honour, it would be

14 sensible, because I am concerned about any issue that

15 the Defence may raise which may interfere or hinder

16 persistence with the Prosecution, so we would certainly

17 ask Your Honours to do that. We can put it in a formal

18 application, if Your Honours would prefer that.

19 [Trial Chamber confers]

20 JUDGE MAY: Yes, we'll make the order. I

21 think the legal officer will have sufficient for us to

22 draw up an order.

23 Yes. Are there any other matters, please?

24 [Trial Chamber confers]

25 JUDGE MAY: We'll go into private session now

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