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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
THE HAGUE | 06.07.2011.

SESELJ PLEADED ‘NOT GUILTY’ ON THIRD CONTEMPT OF COURT INDICTMENT

The Serbian Radicals’ leader pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from his refusal to comply with a number of court orders to withdraw confidential information from his website. Seselj has made public on his website the identities of protected prosecution witnesses and has already been sentenced to 15 months in prison for this offense. The reason for Mladic’s conduct in court two days ago was discovered today
THE HAGUE | 08.06.2011.

PROSECUTOR CALLS FOR THREE YEARS IN PRISON, SESELJ WISHES FOR A DEATHS SENTENCE

In the closing arguments delivered at the second contempt of court trial of the Serbian Radical leader, the prosecutor sought a three-year sentence for the accused because he disclosed the identities of 11 protected witnesses. As the accused said, he would like to be sentenced to death, although the case against him didn’t warrant a conviction. Jovan Glamocanin claims Zoran Djindjic tried to pressure him into taking part in ‘Seselj’s political assassination’ in mid-April 2003; at that time, Djindjic was already dead
THE HAGUE | 07.06.2011.

PARADE OF CHETNIK INSIDERS WHO HAVE HAD ‘A CHANGE OF HEART’

As they testified in Vojislav Seselj’s defense at his contempt of court trial, several former members of Seselj’s formations claimed that their statements to the OTP investigators were made under duress. They were scared by the investigators’ threats and blackmail and blamed the Serbian Radical Party leader. The witnesses failed to explain how their fear vanished suddenly and what prompted them to switch sides and turn from prosecution witnesses back into Seselj’s followers and his witnesses. The accused again behaved scandalously in the courtroom and insulted the judges

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