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4 March 2008

Trbic: Three more Prosecution witnesses


On March 17 and 18, the Prosecution is due to examine Richard Butler, The Hague Tribunal investigator, while the two remaining witnesses will be examined after the Defence starts presenting its evidence.

The Defence of indictee Milorad Trbic agreed for the report of graphologist Kate Barr, which was used at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ICTY, at The Hague, to be included among Prosecution material evidence. It decided not to cross-examine this witness.

In relation to Defence attorney Milan Trbojevic's decision, Prosecutor Kwao Hong Ip announced, at the status conference, that the Prosecution would examine three more witnesses, including one protected witness and two court experts – military analyst Dean Manning and ICTY investigator Richard Butler.

The State Prosecution charges Milorad Trbic with having deliberately participated in the forcible resettlement of Bosniaks from Srebrenica and in their execution and burial in mass graves from July 11 to November 1, 1995. Trbic was assistant commander for security with the Zvornik Brigade of the Republika Srpska Army (VRS) and officer-in-charge of the Brigade's Military Police Squad.

At the status conference, it was confirmed that Butler would testify on March 17 and 18. Prosecutor Ip suggested that Manning would not be able to appear at the Court before May.

In view of the established dynamics of the trial, Trial Chamber Chairman Davorin Jukic asked the Defence and Prosecution if Defence attorney Trbojevic could start presenting evidence prior to the examination of the last two Prosecution witnesses.

As the parties did not object, Milorad Trbic's Defence attorney will present his evidence presentation plan at the status conference scheduled for next Tuesday. At today's conference, the Defence attorney Trbojevic said about ten witnesses and one military expert would appear as Defence witnesses.
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