Stanišić and Simatović start of Trial - Media Information

The start of the Stanišić and Simatović trial before the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT or Mechanism) is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, at 11:30 in Courtroom I, Hague branch, with the Prosecution’s opening statement.

Media accreditation

Media accreditation is now closed.

Media accredited with access to the ICTY/MICT Building and Public Gallery of Courtroom I

  • Aleksandar Furtula AP
  • Branimir Farkaš HRT
  • Charlotte van Ouwerkerk AFP
  • David Morales Urbaneja Efe
  • Dejan Jovanović RTRS
  • Jan Hennop AFP
  • Michael Corder AP
  • Michael Kooren ANP, AP, Reuters
  • Miloš Milić RTS
  • Mirko Klarin Sense
  • Sophie Mignon AFP
  • Stephanie Maupas Le Monde
  • Svebor Kranjc Reuters
  • Thomas Verfuss Journalists for Justice
  • Vitaly Chugin TASS

Please note that standard ICTY accreditation passes will NOT be valid for entry to the MICT/ICTY building on the day of the start of the trial. Only accredited media representatives will be granted access to the building.

Those not accredited to the Courtroom may follow the hearing on the screens in the lobby with a 30-minute delay. The lobby will be equipped with work spaces, power outlets and Wi-Fi connection. Journalists wishing to connect to the lobby’s feeds should bring compatible equipment. The hearing will be broadcast in English only but the audio feed will be available to records in English, French and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

Journalists are required to pick up their accreditation tickets on Monday, 12 June 2017 from 10:00 until 16:00 at the gate outside the Tribunal’s main entrance.

Filming inside the MICT/ICTY building

No filming is allowed inside the MICT/ICTY building. Filming of the court proceedings is carried out by the MICT. An audio-visual feed will be distributed with a 30 minute delay.

SNG vehicles

Limited space is available in the vicinity of the MICT/ICTY building for SNG trucks. The Mechanism does not issue accreditations for SNG trucks and spaces are taken on a “first come first served” basis. Trucks parked in non/designated are will be asked to move by the local authorities.

Limited break-out boxes for the audio and video feeds are available. However, media organisations must ensure that they have an adequate supply of cabling and power.

Security Procedures

Main Entrance

All persons entering the building are subject to security checks of their person and belongings. No one is permitted access to the building without complying fully with the requirements of the MICT/ICTY security officers. All members of the press must present their accreditation ticket, a valid press card and a valid passport/ID with a photo at the entrance.

Access to the Lobby

Persons with accreditation to access the MICT/ICTY lobby must remain within that area of the building and will not be allowed into the public gallery of the Courtroom.

Access to Public Gallery

Once in the court building, persons who have been granted accreditation to access the public gallery of the courtroom are required to pass through an additional security check. Persons will be required to show both the building and public gallery accreditations. No electronic equipment whatsoever will be allowed in to the courtroom’s public gallery. Please do not carry mobiles, cameras or other such electronic devices.

It is possible to leave these items with the MICT/ICTY Security in the deposit boxes at the main entrance of the Tribunal. If you use MICT/ICTY storage, please plan for extra time to store your items and be reminded the Mechanism shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any items or equipment.

Court Formalities

The Presiding Judge is responsible for the dignity and decorum of the courtroom proceedings and may order that any person be removed from the public gallery at any time. The formal entry of the MICT Judges will be announced by an usher who will ask all present to rise. All present will stand and remain standing until after the Judges have taken their seats. A similar procedure will be followed at the close or any adjournment of the proceedings. All present will be asked to remain standing until all Judges have left the courtroom.

For further information please contact:

MICT External Relations office
Tel: +31 70 512 5691; 512-5549
or email

MICT Spokesperson – Helena Eggleston
Tel: +31 70 512 5691; +31 6 11 92 37 43
or email