Briefly Noted

Compiled by Ana Uzelac in The Hague (TU No 367, 16-Jul-04)

Briefly Noted

Compiled by Ana Uzelac in The Hague (TU No 367, 16-Jul-04)

Wednesday, 9 November, 2005

The panel, led by presiding judge Alphons Orie, ruled that Krajisnik's lawyers had “failed to convince” them that the extension of the time granted for defence was necessary. Earlier this week, the defence team had asked for the current break in the proceedings to be extended until October 4, or even longer.


They claimed their case was being weakened by the fact that their predecessors did not hand over defence materials in good order. They also said they had too little time to prepare and had problems communicating with the defendant, who spoke no English.


But the judges ruled that continuing with the case on the proposed schedule would not undermine the fairness of the trial. This schedule foresees that the trial, which has been going on in fits and starts since February, will reconvene on July 26.


Ana Uzelac is IWPR's programme manager in The Hague.


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