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The Hague, 30 March 1996
Prosecutor's statement with regard to the release of prisoners throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For the purposes of the current prisoner release program under the Dayton Agreement, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal wishes to state the following:
1. Unlike various public statements by the Parties that the details of non released prisoners and related dossiers have been forwarded to the Tribunal, the fact is that the Office of the Prosecutor has only received from the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina a list containing the names of 26 persons still in detention. No related supporting material has been submitted.
2. With respect to those persons on this list that have been already tried by legally constituted Courts throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and respectively sentenced, it is to be noted that it has never been intended that the Prosecutor would be required to determine the validity or otherwise of the convictions and sentences imposed by the legally constituted Courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accordingly, in respect of such prisoners already convicted and sentenced by Courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Prosecutor's position is that they should not be released from custody.
3. In relation to the other prisoners, who have not being convicted and sentenced by a legally constituted Court, the Prosecutor has no information and accordingly has no grounds to ask for them to be kept in custody.
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