At the status conference scheduled for 28 February, the parties will discuss the status of the preparations for the trial. The accused will have the opportunity to make a statement about his mental and physical health

Vojislav Seselj in the courtroomVojislav Seselj in the courtroom

The status conference in the case against Vojislav Seselj has been scheduled for Wednesday, 28 February. This was announced today by the Trial Chamber presided by Dutch judge Orie. The status conference will give an opportunity to both parties to present their progress in the preparations for the trial, the Order notes. The accused will have an opportunity to make a statement on "his mental and physical health".

Vojislav Seselj appeared in court last time on 8 November 2006 at a status conference. After that, the accused went on hunger strike and refused to appear at the status conference held on 22 November 2006. However, he told to the judges through the Deputy Registrar that they were “idiots” if they expected him to show up. Seselj didn't show up in the court at the beginning of his trial on 27 and 28 November 2006 when the prosecution presented its opening statement. That part of the trial was declared null and void by the decision of the Appeals Chamber on 6 December 2006. The Appeals Chamber accepted most of the demands the accused had presented as conditions for the end of his hunger strike.