Tribunal Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

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 1                           Wednesday, 9 April 2014

 2                           [Status Conference]

 3                           [Open session]

 4                           [The appellants entered court]

 5                           --- Upon commencing at 3.00 p.m.

 6             JUDGE MERON:  Please be seated.

 7             Registrar, will you please call the case.

 8             THE REGISTRAR:  Good afternoon, Your Honour.  This is case

 9     IT-08-91-A, the Prosecutor versus Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin.

10             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Registrar.

11             Before I start, I would like to note that all parties can hear

12     the proceedings in a language they understand.

13             Mr. Stanisic, it's all right?  You can hear me?

14             THE APPELLANT STANISIC: [Microphone not activated].

15             JUDGE MERON:  It's all right.  Thank you.

16             Mr. Zupljanin.

17             THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [Microphone not activated]

18             THE INTERPRETER:  The microphone is off.

19             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you very much.

20             Appearances by the parties, please.

21             The Prosecution.

22             MR. CROSS:  Good afternoon, Your Honour.  Appearing for the

23     Prosecution, my name is Matthew Cross, together with Ms. Laurel Baig, and

24     our case manager is Colin Nawrot.

25             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Cross.

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 1             Defence of Mr. Stanisic, please.

 2             MR. ZECEVIC:  Good afternoon, Your Honours.  Slobodan Zecevic and

 3     Relja Radovic appearing for Mr. Stanisic this afternoon.  Thank you very

 4     much.

 5             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Zecevic.

 6             For Mr. Zupljanin.

 7             MR. KRGOVIC:  Good afternoon, Your Honours.  Dragan Krgovic

 8     appearing for the Zupljanin Defence.

 9             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Krgovic.

10             This is Status Conference is called in accordance with

11     Rule 65 bis of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.  Rule 65 bis(B)

12     requires a Status Conference to be convened within 120 days after the

13     filing of a Notice of Appeal and, thereafter, within 120 days after the

14     last Status Conference to allow any person in custody pending appeal the

15     opportunity to raise issues in the relation thereto, including the mental

16     and physical condition of that person.

17             In the present case, parties filed their Notices of Appeal on

18     13 May 2013.  The first Status Conference was held on 4 September 2013,

19     and the second Status Conference on 11 December 2013.  Today's

20     Status Conference is the third in this case and was scheduled by an order

21     issued on 10 March 2014.

22             I come to discussing detention conditions and health of

23     Mr. Stanisic and Mr. Zupljanin.  So let me inquiry into the status of

24     detention conditions and health situations of these two persons.

25             Mr. Stanisic, do you have any concerns in relation to the

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 1     detention conditions or your state of health?  If so, I would invite you

 2     to raise them now.  If you wish, this discussion can take place in

 3     private session.

 4             THE APPELLANT STANISIC: [Interpretation] No, there is no need.  I

 5     have nothing to raise.  No complaints.

 6             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Stanisic.  No need to raise

 7     anything.

 8             So I turn to Mr. Zupljanin.  Do you have any concerns,

 9     Mr. Zupljanin, in relation to detention conditions or your state of

10     health?  If you do, I would invite you to raise them now.  If you wish,

11     this discussion can take place in a private session.

12             Mr. Zupljanin.

13             THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [No interpretation]

14             JUDGE MERON:  Why don't I have interpretation?

15             THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [Interpretation] There is nothing to

16     raise.  There is no need to go into private session.

17             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you very much.

18             THE APPELLANT ZUPLJANIN: [Interpretation] If I need to repeat, I

19     may do so.

20             JUDGE MERON:  No, no, it's fine.  The interpretation came.

21             Let me refer to recent procedural history.  Since the last

22     Status Conference held on 11 December 2013, as I mentioned during the

23     last Status Conference, the case was fully briefed on 11 November 2013.

24     I will now continue with an overview of the pending motions and the

25     decisions rendered in this case since 11 December 2013.  Where I already

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 1     set out the details of a pending motion previously, I will not repeat

 2     that information today.

 3             Prior to the last Status Conference, Mr. Stanisic and

 4     Mr. Zupljanin had both filed a number of motions.  These included the

 5     following four motions on the part of Mr. Stanisic:  A motion seeking

 6     admission of additional evidence, pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of

 7     Procedure and Evidence; a motion seeking leave to amend his Notice of

 8     Appeal; a motion requesting a declaration of mistrial; and a motion

 9     requesting provisional release.

10             Mr. Zupljanin had also filed four motions:  A second request to

11     amend his Notice of Appeal and to supplement his appeal brief; a motion

12     to vacate the trial judgement; a motion requesting the recusal of

13     Judge Liu from deciding the motion to vacate; and a motion requesting

14     provisional release.  I assigned Judge Agius to consider each of these

15     eight motions.  He denied Mr. Zupljanin's motion requesting the recusal

16     of Judge Liu by a decision of 3 December 2013.

17             During the last Status Conference I had indicated to the parties

18     that the decisions concerning the remaining seven motions were expected

19     to be issued before the judicial recess or shortly thereafter.

20             On 19 December 2013, the Appeals Chamber issued two decisions

21     denying the request by Mr. Stanisic and Mr. Zupljanin for provisional

22     release.

23             As regards the other five motions, the Appeals Chamber delayed

24     its decision thereon following a request by Mr. Zupljanin, filed on

25     13 December 2013, seeking the appointment of a panel to conduct a de novo

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 1     examination of the request for disqualification of Judge Liu Daqun.

 2     Mr. Stanisic joins the request for the appointment of a panel by a motion

 3     of 23 December 2013.

 4             Judge Agius granted the request by decision of 7 February 2014

 5     and appointed a panel of three judges; namely, Judge Christoph Fluegge,

 6     Judge Howard Morrison, and Judge Melville Baird.  On 24 February 2014,

 7     the panel issued a decision denying the motion requesting recusal.

 8     Subsequent unto April 2014, the Appeals Chamber issued a combined

 9     decision dismissing Mr. Zupljanin's motion to vacate the trial judgement

10     and Mr. Stanisic's motion requesting a declaration of mistrial.

11             With regard to the parties' motions requesting amendment of the

12     Notices of Appeal and Mr. Stanisic's motion seeking admission of

13     additional evidence, pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure and

14     Evidence, Judge Agius has informed me the decisions will be issued in due

15     course.

16             At this point let me ask the parties whether they have any other

17     issues that they would like to raise.  I will turn first to the

18     Prosecution.

19             MR. CROSS:  Nothing for us, Your Honour.  Thank you.

20             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, Mr. Cross.

21             Counsel for Mr. Stanisic.

22             MR. ZECEVIC:  Thank you, Your Honour.  We have no issues to raise

23     at this point.  Thank you very much.

24             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you, counsel.

25             The counsel for Mr. Zupljanin, please.

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 1             MR. KRGOVIC:  Nothing for us, Your Honour.

 2             JUDGE MERON:  Thank you very much.

 3             This, I believe, concludes today's Status Conference.  I thank

 4     the parties for their attendance and call the proceedings to a close.

 5                           --- Whereupon the Status Conference adjourned

 6                           at 3.10 p.m.