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A March 3rd New York Times article entitled, 'Milosevic Trial Settles Into Slow But Judicious Routine,' offers the following description of The Hague proceedings against Slobodan Milosevic:
Reading the above, I feared for the people of Sierra Leone. Haven't they suffered enough?
For in the real world, The Hague Tribunal manages to violate *every* standard of modern legal practice. For example, in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, it is the right of accused persons, including if they are acting as their own attorney, to meet in private with advisors of their choice. But the Tribunal decides whether or not to allow privacy. And the Tribunal vetoes visits if a) they think the visitor will later tell the media something unfavorable to the Tribunal or b) they want (or claim to want) some *other* visitor to discuss a particular matter with the defendant instead.
In the legal system favored by Attorney Robertson, slated to head a UN court, and apparently by the NY Times, this flagrant denial of rights is described as "bending over backward, perhaps even a little too far."
Below is a photo image of the fax sent by The Hague Tribunal, denying the visit by a delegation from the International Committee to defend Slobodan Milosevic, as requested by President Milosevic. The delegation was to have included the ICDSM's Attorney, Tiphaine Dickson. Attorney Dickson spent a week at The Hague trying to reverse this ruling, but despite President Milosevic's protest, the Tribunal refused to grant this basic right.
-- Jared Israel
In his statement to the press last, week, ICDSM media spokesperson Nico Varkevisser wrote the following about the fax below:
Here is the fax from the Tribunal:
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