CHINESE JUDGE TO RULE ON ORIC’S MOTION
Chinese judge Liu Daqun will rule on Naser Oric’s motion in which he asked the Tribunal to order the BH State Court in Sarajevo to terminate the proceedings against the former BH Army commander in Srebrenica for war crimes
Theodor Meron, president of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, has decided that Chinese judge Liu Daqun will consider Naser Oric’s motion in which he asked the Tribunal to order the termination of the proceedings against the former BH Army commander in Srebrenica. Oric has been indicted for war crimes by the BH State Court in Sarajevo. He has already been tried for war crimes by the ICTY. Judge Liu has recently been appointed the Tribunal’s Vice-President and is expected to take office on 17 November 2015.
Invoking the Statute and the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the Mechanism, Oric’s defense lawyers Vasvija Vidovic and John Jones asked the Mechanism to appoint a panel of judges to order the State Court in Sarajevo to terminate the proceedings against their client. The provisions the defense has invoked stipulate that no one can be tried before a national court for acts he or she has already been tried for by an international tribunal. Instead of a panel of judges, the president of the Mechanism decided to appoint a single judge to consider the motion.