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THE HAGUE | 01.12.2008.

FLORENCE HARTMANN TRIAL SET TO START

The trial of French journalist on contempt of court charges for disclosing information about confidential decisions of the Appeals Chamber will be held on 5 and 6 February 2008. Hartmann has requested that all correspondence between Geoffrey Nice, former prosecutor in the Milosevic case, and UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon regarding her book Peace and Punishment be disclosed to her
THE HAGUE | 14.11.2008.

FLORENCE HARTMANN REFUSES TO ENTER PLEA

French journalist faces contempt of court charges for publishing information about confidential decisions of the Appeals Chamber in the Slobodan Milosevic case. Today she again refused to enter her plea, at her second appearance before a Tribunal judge. The Rules of Procedure stipulate that a plea of not guilty will be entered on behalf of the accused in such a case. Human rights organizations from the former Yugoslavia protest against Florence Hartmann’s prosecution
THE HAGUE | 27.10.2008.

HARTMANN POSTPONES HER PLEA ON CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGES

The judge was surprised that former OTP spokesperson decided not to enter her plea; he wondered ‘what the defense will gain with the postponement’ since ‘the accused has already publicly stated she is opposed to the proceedings’. It was the judge’s ‘assumption that she is challenging the indictment’. The defense insists on trial in open court and ‘the interest of the public to be informed how international justice works’
THE HAGUE | 03.09.2008.

CONTEMPT OF COURT BECAUSE OF ‘PRESSURE AND BLACKMAIL BY PROSECUTION’

Ljubisa Petkovic explained why he failed to comply with two subpoenas issued by the Trial Chamber to compel him to testify at the trial of Vojislav Seselj. He did so because of the ‘pressure, blackmail and intimidation on the part of the OTP’, leading him to decide to ‘cease all contacts with the investigators’
THE HAGUE | 27.08.2008.

FLORENCE HARTMANN TO FACE CONTEMPT CHARGES

Carla del Ponte’s former spokeswoman is charged with ‘knowingly and intentionally obstructing justice’ by making public the confidential information contrary to the Appeals Chamber decisions. The information pertains to the decisions granting confidential status to documents from the Supreme Defense Council that Belgrade handed over to the prosecution in the Slobodan Milosevic case
THE HAGUE | 24.07.2008.

HAXHIU FINED € 7,000

The Trial Chamber concludes that Kosovo journalist Baton Haxhiu knew that the disclosure of a protected witness’s name to the public is a violation of an order issued by the Tribunal. He was found guilty of contempt of court and was fined €7,000
THE HAGUE | 24.06.2008.

KOSOVO JOURNALIST ON TRIAL

The trial of Baton Haxhiu, journalist from Pristina, was concluded in record time. The prosecution called for his conviction on contempt of court charges asking for a fine of € 15,000 to be imposed. The defense argues Haxhiu ‘didn’t intend to violate the Tribunal’s order’, calling for his acquittal. If the Trial Chamber does find him guilty, the defense added, Haxhiu should be ‘reprimanded’
THE HAGUE | 20.05.2008.

JOURNALIST BATON HAXHIU CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT

Baton Haxhiu, journalist from Kosovo who testified as a prosecution witness at two trials before the ICTY, is charged with contempt of court for disclosing the identity of a protected witness in the trial of Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj. His initial appearance is scheduled for tomorrow
THE HAGUE | 29.04.2008.

HARAQIJA AND MORINA PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Former Kosovo minister of culture and his associate plead not guilty to contempt of court. They are charged with trying to pressure a prosecution witness at the trial of Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj. After they entered their plea the accused - who surrendered voluntarily to the Tribunal yesterday – were taken back to the UN Detention Unit
THE HAGUE | 28.04.2008.

HARAQIJA AND MORINA DUE IN COURT TOMORROW

Former Kosovo minister and his associate are charged with contempt of court for attempting to pressure a prosecution witness at the trial of Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj. They arrived in The Hague and will enter their plea tomorrow

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