Journalists Visit ICTY Headquarters

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Eight journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIH, Croatia, and Serbia participated in a weeklong study visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in October. The Tribunal’s Outreach Programme organised the visit in cooperation with BIRN BiH. 

The journalists had an opportunity to speak with ICTY President Theodor Meron and Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. In addition to meetings with senior officials they attended the trials of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic. 

The presentations that followed focused on the role of the prosecutor and the defence in the adversarial legal system, the history and practice of investigations, witness protection issues, detention, and the ICTY’s cooperation with the regional media.

Speakers included Bob Reid, chief of operations for the Office of the Prosecution, Peter Robinson, Karadzic’s legal advisor, Peter McCloskey, ICTY prosecutor, Magda Spalinska, spokesperson for Registry and Chambers, Fraser Gilmour, deputy commanding officer of the ICTY detention unit, and Helena Vranov Schoorl, support officer from the victims and witnesses section.