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ICTY Weekly Press Briefing
Date: 06.07.2005
Time: 12.15 a.m.

Office of the Prosecutor:

Florence Hartmann, Spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor, made the following statement:

I wish to confirm that Ms Del Ponte will not participate to the July 11 commemoration in Potocari, as long as Karadzic and Mladic are at large. As stated earlier, Ms Del Ponte cannot face the victims when Karadzic and Mladic are still allowed to enjoy impunity ten years after they were first indicted by the ICTY. It is a disgrace and a shame that the two persons primarily responsible for the Srebrenica genocide have not been brought to justice. Who can justify this in front of the mothers, sisters, daughters and other loved ones of those killed in Srebrenica. Her decision, as she explained previously, is a protest because the vast majority of the victims will never believe justice has been done until Karadzic and Mladic are tried. It is not only justice which is disregarded; it is also reconciliation which is undermined.

Ms Del Ponte will go to Potocari to pay tribute again to the victims as soon as RK and RM are arrested or as soon as one is in The Hague. When ever it is in July, in August when she will be on holiday, surely as soon as possible.

Questions:

Asked to comment on the different number of Serb victims in the Srebrenica region published in Belgrade. Hartmann replied that:

"First of all, the OTP is always very careful in the use of the word "victim". Military or Police casualties from combat should not be considered victims in a criminal investigation context, in the same way people are victims from war crimes, such as summary executions.

Before speaking about the whole area of Podrinja, including at least the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani, I would comment on the various figures circulating around the Kravica attack of January 1993. The figures circulating of hundreds of victims or claiming that all 353 inhabitants were "virtually completely destroyed" do not reflect the reality.

During the attack by the BH army on Kravica, Jezestica, Opravdici, Mandici and the surrounding villages (the larger area of Kravica), on the 7th & 8th January 1993, 43 people were killed, according to our information. Our investigation shows that 13 of the 43 were obviously civilians. Our findings are matching with the Bratunac Brigade military reports of battle casualties which are believed in the OTP to be very reliable because they are internal VRS reports.

For the whole region, i.e the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani, the Serb authorities claimed previously that about 1400 people were killed due to attacks committed by the BH Army forces for the period of May 1992 to March 1995, when Srebrenica was under the control of Naser Oric. Now the figure has become 3,500 Serbs killed. This figure may have been inflated. Taking the term "victims" as defined previously, these figures just does not reflect the reality.

I wish to name various Serb sources on Serb victims which has circulated until recently. They are maybe not detailed but as they were presented. According to the RS Commission for War Crimes, the number of Serb victims for the Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region was until recently 995 victims (520 Bratunac area and 475 Srebernica area), of which Kravica, 43 victims.

According to "The Chronicle of Our Graves"; a book by Milivoje Ivanisevic, the president of the Belgrade Centre for Investigating Crimes Committed against the Serbian People, claimed that the number of Serb victims for Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region was 1,200 victims but presented personal details available for only 624 victims. The author claimed that all 353 Kravica inhabitants were "virtually completely destroyed" which is not accurate.

Another book, "For the Honourable Cross and Golden Freedom"; a book (1,508 pages) by unknown authors from RS and in collaboration with the RS Ministry of Interior, claimed that the No. of Serb victims for the Bratunac-Srebrenica-Skelani region is 641 victims, all war-related".

Documents:

The Prosecutor v. Slobodan Milosevic

29/06/2005 Appeal of Decision on contempt of the Tribunal Kosta Bulatovic: Appellant's motion seeking variation of time limits.

30/06/2005 Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Prosecution's response to appellant's appeal brief.

01/07/2005 Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Corrigendum to Prosecution's response to appeallant's appeal brief.

01/07/2005 Order to Amicus Curiae to prepare written submissions.

01/07/2005 Fourth order recording use of time in the Defence case.

01/07/2005 Order on Amicus Curiae observations Proprio Motu on the desirability of submissions on the alternative bases of individual criminal responsibility alleged in the case and on the issue of trials in absentia.

04/07/2005 - Contempt proceedings against Kosta Bulatovic: Appellant's reply to Prosecution response to appellant's appeal brief.

The Prosecutor v. Pavle Strugar

27/06/2005 Defence Response Brief.

The Prosecutor v. Radovan Stankovic

01/07/2005 Appellant's Brief

04/07/2005 Reply to Appellant's Brief.

The Prosecutor v. Sefer Halilovic

28/06/2005 Prosecution's reponse to "Motion for certification concerning admission of record of interview of the accused".

28/06/2005 Reply concerning admission of written statement of deceased witness.

30/06/2005 Prosecution response to "motion for enforcement of court order reelectronic disclosure suite".

04/07/2005 Response to "Defence Rule 92bis motion".

The Prosecutor v. Ljube Boskoski and Johan Tarculovski

01/07/2005 Additional supplement to the Defence Reply.

01/07/2005 Statement of Johan Tarculovski for the purposes of the Provisional Release.

The Prosecutor v. Miroslav Deronjic

01/07/2005 Scheduling order (Appeals Judgement scheduled for 20 July 2005 at 2.15 p.m.).

The Prosecutor v. Vujadin Popovic, Ljubisa Beara, Drago Nikolic, Ljubomir Borovcanin, Zdravko Tolimir et al. and Vinko Pandurevic et al.

28/06/2005 Prosecution's motion for amendments to the indictments.

01/07/2005 Response on behalf of Drago Nikolic to prosecution motion for joinder of accused (complete version).

The Prosecutor v. Nebojsa Pavkovic et al

30/06/2005 Prosecution's notification regarding disclosure pursuant to rule 66 (A)(ii) and rule 94 bis.

01/07/2005 Preliminary motion alleging indictment defects.

The Prosecutor v. Ljubisa Beara

29/06/2005 Order referring the joinder motion.

The Prosecutor v. Mico Stanisic

27/06/2005 Motion objecting to the prosecution's third motion for protective measures for victims and witnesses.

01/07/2005 Order on prosecution's third motion for protective measures for victims and witnesses.

01/07/2005 Order requesting additional information and staying the consideration of Mico Stanisic's motion for provisional release

The Prosecutor v. Momcilo Perisic

01/07/2005 Order on Momcilo Perisic's motion to modify conditions of provisional release.

The Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj et al

29/06/2005 Prosecution's motion to admit rebuttal statements via rule 92bis.

30/06/2005 - Prosecution's motion for admission of expert report.

01/07/2005 - Motion by the Defence for the accused Haradin Bala to Admit the witness statement of howard tucker pursuant to rule 92bis.

01/07/2005 Response by Fatmir Limaj to Prosecution's motion to admit rebuttal statements via rule 92bis.

 

04/07/2005 - Prosecution's reply to response by Fatmir Limaj to Proscution's motion to admit rebuttal statements via rule 92bis.

The Prosecutor v. Gojko Jankovic

28/06/2005 Gojko Jankovic's Defence Supplemental Submission in the context of the Proscutor's motion under rule 11bis, with annexes I to IV.

30/06/2005 Defence Application for Provisional Release of the accused Gojko Jankovic with annexes I to III.

The Prosecutor v. Ivica Marijacic and Markica Rebic

28/06/2005 Prosecutor's response to Defendant Ivica Marijacic's motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to rule 72 of the rules of procedure and evidence on the basis of 1) defects in the form of the indictment (vagueness/lack of adequate notice of charges), (2) Lack of personal jurisdiction (ratione personae) and 3) lack of subject matter jurisdiction (ratione materiae).

The Prosecutor v. Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic

28/06/2005 Fax

29/06/2005 Defence response to the prosecution motion for joinder.

29/06/2005 Defence response to "prosecution's motion for leave to amend the amended indictment."

29/06/2005 Defence response to the prosecution motion for joinder (different to above).

The Prosecutor v. Milan Milutinovic et al

30/06/2005 Fax from govt. of Canada to Gen. Ojdanic's defence.

29/06/2005 - Prosecution's quarterly report on the situation of witness.

30/06/2005 Letter from Czech Republic.

The Prosecutor v. Savo Todovic and Mitar Rasevic

28/06/2005 Sovo Todovic's Defence supplemental submission in the context of the Prosecutor's motion under rule 11bis, with annexes I to III

30/06/2005 -Decision on Savo Todovic's Defence motion for access to all confidential and under seal material in the Krnojelac case

The Prosecutor v. Momir Nikolic

28/06/2005 Motion to amend notice of Appeal.

The Proscutor v. Drago Nikolic

29/06/2005 Order referring the joinder motion.

01/07/2005 Response on behalf of Drago Nikolic to Prosecution motion for joinder of accused. complete version

The Prosecutor v. Milan Babic

30/06/2005 Scheduling order (Appeals Judgement scheduled for 18 July 2005 at 2.15 p.m.).

The Prosecutor v Naser Oric

30/06/2005 Addendum to prosecution's request to amend the second amended indictment.

04/07/2005 Decision on first and second defence filings pursuant to scheduling order.

04/07/2005 - Decision on request for certification to appeal trial Chamber's Decision on Defence Filings.

04/07/2005 Urgent Defence motion for a stay of the proceedings pending appeal.

The Prosecutor v. Vidoje Blagojevic and Dragan Jokic

02/07/2005 Dragan Jokic's Amended Motion for disclosure.

02/07/2005 Dragan Jokic's motion for extension of time to file appeal brief.

The Prosecutor v. Prlic, Stojic, Praljak, Petkovic, Coric and Pusic

01/07/2005 Order on Jadranko Prlic's Motion for variation of conditions of Provisional Release.

01/07/2005 Order on Slobodan Praljak's Motion for variation of conditions of Provisional Release.

01/07/2005 Decision on Proscution's Motion regarding Defence Rule 70 material and Defence sensitive witnesses in related case.

01/07/2005 Decision on Praljak's application for an order to the Prosecution to disclose information about sensitive witnesses.

01/07/2005 Decision on Defence's motions for separate trials and severance of counts