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THE HAGUE | 31.10.2011.

HARTMANN INSISTS TRIBUNAL SHOULD COLLECT THE FINE

The Registry has notified the Appeals Chamber that Florence Hartmann has failed to transfer the sum of €7,000 to the Tribunal before the expiry of the second deadline. She was fined for contempt of court. Hartmann has not explained the reason for her default in writing. Hartmann claims she has sent a letter to the judges in good time, explaining how the Tribunal could collect the fine
THE HAGUE | 19.10.2011.

CHARGES AGAINST DRAGOMIR PECANAC

According to the order in lieu of indictment made public at the Tribunal, Dragomir Pecanac refused to testify “for reasons of health and also because an indictment has been raised against him in Sarajevo and a criminal report filed in Belgrade on the same grounds”. Ruling that the reasons were insufficient to justify his failure to comply with the subpoena and testify, the Trial Chamber charged Pecanac with contempt of court. The decision was reached by a majority vote
THE HAGUE | 12.10.2011.

NEW PAYMENT DATE AND CAUTION FOR FLORENCE HARTMANN

The Appeals Chamber set a new deadline by which French journalist Florence Hartmann is to pay her fine for contempt of court. Hartmann was warned that if she failed to pay the fine on time, she risked the conversion of her fine into a prison sentence. The Appeals Chamber warned Hartmann she also ran the risk of being convicted of contempt of court again and that a warrant for her arrest might be issued
THE HAGUE | 28.09.2011.

HARTMANN CASE: FINE PAID OR ONLY DEPOSITED?

The Tribunal’s Registry notified the Appeals Chamber that the former OTP spokesperson Florence Hartmann has yet to pay the two installments of her fine for contempt of court. The Support Committee for Florence Hartmann claims that the money has been deposited into a French bank account
THE HAGUE | 16.09.2011.

KABASHI SENTENCED TO TWO MONTHS IN PRISON

Shefqet Kabashi, former KLA soldier, has been sentenced to two months in prison for contempt of court. ‘By contumaciously refusing to answer questions of the prosecution’, the judgment noted, Kabashi ‘deprived’ the Trial Chamber of the evidence relevant for the ‘ascertainment of the truth’ in the case against former KLA commanders Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj
THE HAGUE | 31.08.2011.

SHEFQET KABASHI JUDGMENT TO BE HANDED DOWN ON 16 SEPTEMBER

The Trial Chamber hearing the case of former KLA member Shefqet Kabashi will hand down its judgment in the afternoon on 16 September 2011
THE HAGUE | 26.08.2011.

SHEFQET KABASHI'S TRIAL POSTPONED

The trial of Shefqet Kabashi for contempt of court has been postponed until a new trial chamber is set up. Judges Moloto and Delvoie have recused themselves in order to maintain the 'assumption of impartiality': the two judges sit on the panel trying Haradinaj and other KLA commanders
THE HAGUE | 25.08.2011.

IS FLORENCE HARTMANN LATE PAYING HER FINE?

The Tribunal’s Registrar informed the Appeals Chamber that French journalist Florence Hartmann hasn’t paid the first installment of the fine on time. Hartmann was sentenced to a fine for contempt of court. The Support Committee to Florence Hartmann claims that the money has been deposited into a French bank account on time
THE HAGUE | 19.08.2011.

SHEFQET KABASHI POSTPONES HIS PLEA

Former KLA soldier Shefqet Kabashi decided to postpone entering his plea. As he explained, he hasn’t yet read the indictment. Kabashi is on trial for contempt of court for refusing to testify in the Hardinaj et al. case. He is now scheduled to re-appear before the court next Friday. In the meantime, there will be a new attempt to make him testify about the KLA crimes in Jablanica. Kabashi talked about them in his statements to the OTP investigators but refused to repeat his claims in court
THE HAGUE | 19.07.2011.

FLORENCE HARTMANN CASE: CONVICTION AND SENTENCE UPHELD ON APPEAL

In one of the longest appellate proceedings in the history of the Tribunal in The Hague, all grounds of appeal presented by Florence Hartmann were dismissed by the Appeals Chamber. The Trial Chamber’s judgment handed down in September 2009 was upheld. The Trial Chamber found the French journalist guilty of contempt of court and fined her €7,000. As the French journalist said, the judgment threatens to undermine the progress achieved in the past three decades in the domain of the protection of freedom of speech

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