Case No. IT-97-25/1-PT

The Prosecutor v. Savo Todovic

DECISION

THE DEPUTY REGISTRAR,

NOTING the Statute of the Tribunal as adopted by the Security Council under Resolution 827 (1993), and in particular Article 21 thereof;

NOTING the Rules of Procedure and Evidence as adopted by the Tribunal on 11 February 1994, as subsequently amended, and in particular Rules 44 and 45 thereof;

NOTING the Directive on Assignment of Defence Counsel as adopted by the Tribunal on 28 July 1994, as subsequently amended ("Directive"), and in particular Articles 6, 7, 8, 11(B) and 14 thereof;

NOTING the Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel Appearing Before the International Tribunal (IT/125 REV.1);

CONSIDERING that Savo Todovic (ďAccusedĒ) was transferred to the seat of the International Tribunal on 15 January 2005, and that on or about that date he applied for the assignment of Tribunal-paid counsel on the basis that he did not have sufficient means to remunerate counsel;

CONSIDERING that on 3 February 2005, acting pursuant to Article 11(B) of the Directive, the Deputy Registrar assigned Mr Aleksandar Lazarevic, attorney at law from Belgrade, as counsel to the Accused for a period of 120 days, determining that an interim assignment of counsel was necessary to ensure that the Accusedís right to counsel was not affected while the Registry examines his ability to remunerate counsel;

CONSIDERING that on 12 October 2005, Mr Lazarevicís assignment as counsel to the Accused was extended for two additional periods of 120 days, effective as of 3 June and 1 October 2005 respectively;

CONSIDERING that the Registry is conducting an inquiry into the Accusedís ability to remunerate counsel and that the inquiry is not yet complete;

CONSIDERING that it is necessary, in order to ensure that the Accusedís right to counsel is not affected while the Registry conducts its inquiry, to continue Mr Lazarevicís assignment on an interim basis;

HEREBY DECIDES to extend Mr Lazarevicís assignment as counsel to the Accused for an additional period of 90 days, effective as of 29 January 2006.

 

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John Hocking
Deputy Registrar

Dated this twenty-third day of February 2006
At The Hague,
The Netherlands.