Hague closes after Karadžić, Mladić, Hadžić trials

The Hague Tribunal will not shut down until the trials against Ratko Mladić, Radovan Karadžić and Goran Hadžić have been completed, says the court's president.

Source: Tanjug

Theodor Meron has also been appointed president of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) and says he will be in charge of any potential appeals by the three indictees, who managed to evade the Hague for the longest time.

UN Security Council has recommended the Hague should close down by the end of 2014, but the deadline could be extended, depending on the ongoing trials.

Meron said in his report to the UN Security Council in December the trial against Karadžić might be over by the end of 2014, but that there was still no deadline for how long the trials against Mladić and Hadžić should last.

The IRMCT was formed by the UN Security Councli to finish the work begun by the Hague and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It will have two branches, one in Arusha, which should open on July 1, 2012, and the other in The Hague, opening on July 1, 2013.

According to Meron, the IRMCT will work parallel to the two courts until they complete all ongoing cases.

The Hague will be authorized to finish all the trials and appeals started by July 1, 2013, Meron pointed out.

However, if any of the trials before the Hague are completed after July 1, 2013, the potential appeal procedure would be conducted by the IRMCT, he explained.

That is why the Hague is going to be in charge of the trials against Mladić, Karadžić and Hadžić even after July 1, 2013, while the IRMCT would then take over any potential appeals related to the cases, he stated.

The IRMCT's initial mandate covers four years, from July 1, 2012. It could later be extended by another two years if needed.


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