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|February 10, 2004
Holland, Director of Communications
BRISTOL COUNTY P.O. LOURENCO LOPES JR. INTERNS AT
CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR YUGOSLAVIA
Bristol County Superior Court Probation
Officer Lourenco A. "Larry" Lopes spent four months
at the International Criminal Tribunal interviewing witnesses
to the alleged war crimes of former Yugoslav President Slobodan
Lopes, a nine-year Probation Officer, is a recent
graduate of the Southern New England School of Law. He was
one of several recent graduates selected to participate in
an internship with the prosecutors of the war crimes tribunal
in the Hague.
"I was treated as a junior prosecutor. I worked
as part of a team that included an interpreter, prosecutor
and myself," said Lopes.
During his internship, Lopes worked on two cases:
Milosevic's and that of Viojislaz Vjeslj, a Yugoslav politician
also accused of war atrocities.
In addition to interviewing witnesses, Lopes
researched motions and examined exculpatory evidence.
While Lopes was at the Hague, he applied for
and was accepted to the International Red Cross' annual course
on Humanitarian Law which was offered in Warsaw, Poland. The
10-day course included topics such as genocide, international
treaties, and rules of engagement for combatants and prisoners
of war. The course ended with a weekend excursion to Krakow
and Auschwitz where the Nazi concentration camps were toured.
Lopes was one of two Americans chosen to participate
in the course. The other participants came from such countries
as France, Great Britain, Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Uzbekistan.
Superior Court Probation Officer Lourenco
Lopes Jr. (standing) who is posing in the Tribunal
prosecutor Patrick Gabaake (left) and economist