IN THE TRIAL CHAMBER
Judge Richard May, Presiding
Judge Patrick Robinson
Judge O-Gon Kwon
Mr. Hans Holthuis
11 March 2003
DECISION ON PROSECUTION MOTION FOR THE TESTIMONY OF A WITNESS VIA VIDEO-CONFERENCE LINK AND FOR PROTECTIVE MEASURES
The Office of the Prosecutor
Mr. Geoffrey Nice
Mr. Steven Kay
Mr. Branislav Tapuskovic
Mr. Timothy McCormack
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 ("the International Tribunal"),
BEING SEISED of a confidential Prosecution Motion for the testimony of a witness via video-conference link and for protective measures ("Motion"), filed by the Office of the Prosecutor ("Prosecution") on 4 March 2003, seeking permission to call a witness via video-conference and under protective measures,
CONSIDERING that the protective measures sought in respect of the witness to be called are reasonable and should be granted,
CONSIDERING that the Trial Chamber is satisfied that it is in the interests of justice to permit the Prosecution to call the witness via video-conference link,
PURSUANT TO Rules 69, 71bis and 75 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence,
HEREBY GRANTS the Motion and ORDERS as follows:
For the purpose of this decision, "the public" means and includes all persons, governments, organisations, entities, clients, associations and groups, other than the Judges of the International Tribunal, the staff of the Registry, the Prosecutor, and the accused and the amici curiae. "The public" also includes, without limitation, families, friends, and associates of the accused; the accused and defence counsel in other cases or proceedings before the International Tribunal; the media; and journalists.
Done in English and French, the English text being authoritative.
Dated this eleventh day of March 2003
At The Hague
[Seal of the Tribunal]
1 - Prosecutor v. Dusko Tadic, Decision on the Defence Motions to Summon and Protect Witnesses, and on Giving Evidence by video-Link, Case No. IT_94-1, 25 June 1996, para. 22.