Krajišnik granted self-representation 11 May 2007
On 11 May, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY granted Momčilo Krajišnik the right to represent himself during his appeal procedure.

Momcilo Krajisnik / Courtesy of the ICTYOn 11 May 2007, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) granted Momčilo Krajišnik's the right to represent himself during his appeal procedure. The Appeals Chamber stated that this is not an unqualified right: should the self-representation “substantially and persistently obstruct the proper and expeditious conduct of the appeal”, counsel may be imposed upon him. Krajišnik, a former member of the Bosnian Serb leadership, was convicted  to 27 years' imprisonment by Trial Chamber I on 27 September 2006 for persecutions, extermination, murder, deportation and forced transfer of non-Serb civilians during the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In addition to his right to represent himself, the Appeals Chamber will assign amicus curiae, as requested by the Appellant, to “complement Mr. Krajišnik's self-representation on appeal”. This appointment will not infringe on any rights of the defendant and will ensure that the appeal proceedings are conducted fairly. The amicus curiae will put forth grounds of appeal seeking reversal of convictions or reduction in sentence and argue against grounds of appeal advanced by the Prosecution. The amicus curiae is to work independently of Momčilo Krajišnik. The Appeals Chamber has requested the Registry to consult with Colin Nicholls, previously Assigned Counsel for Mr. Krajišnik, to see if he is willing to serve as amicus curiae in this case.

Judges Pocar and Schomburg dissented from the majority's Decision while Judge Shahabuddeen filed a separate opinion.

Decision on Momčilo Krajišnik's request to self-represent, on counsel's motion in relation to appointment of amicus curiae, and on the Prosecution motion of 16 February 2007

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