Thank you, Madam President. Madam President, the Prosecution's position remains the same and that is the summer break should not be scheduled until the conclusion of the Defence evidence. In that regard, your Honours, we suggest and again request that your Honours exercise your authority and set a date by which the Defence case should be concluded. And we ask that for reasons we have briefed in the past.
First of all, it is within your authority to do so in the management of the trial. Secondly, as we have argued in the past, the Defence has no burden of proof, so they, we suggest, do not even have the right to have a case the length to equal that of the Prosecution. But let us say that your Honours determine they should be given the same length as the Prosecution for presenting their evidence, the Prosecution began its evidentiary trial on 7 January 2008 and concluded its last witness on 30 January 2009. So some year and three weeks. The Defence began the presentation of its evidence, and I'm excluding opening statement, the presentation of its evidence on 14 July of last year. So if your Honours were to give them the same amount of time as the Prosecution had for its case in chief, then their case should be concluded by about the end of the first week in August.
Should your Honours determine that it is appropriate to set an end date, which we believe it is, then we believe it should be no longer than the time that was given to the Prosecution. And we suggest that setting an end date at this point has the advantage of early notice to both parties so that adequate preparation and planning for the remainder of the Defence case can begin today. A later notice of an end date would give them less of a notice, less opportunity to plan. It would give both parties and the Trial Chamber the ability to plan for the next phase, whatever that may be, and it would give your Honours the opportunity to set a definite date for the recess. And, again, we suggest that the recess should be at the conclusion of the Defence evidence.
Now, obviously the date you would set, in our view, would be a, if you will, no-later-than date and the Defence could certainly finish earlier than that. But if on the date your Honours had ordered the Defence were beginning or in the middle of a witness, then of course there is the flexibility to conclude that witness. But we would suggest that giving a date for the end of the Defence case would give certainty; it would give adequate notice for planning the next phase as well as give a date for the summer recess, which we believe should follow the closure of the Defence case. And those would be our additional submissions, Madam President.