UN court upholds contempt conviction against ex-staffer

Florence Hartmann

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with Yugoslav war crimes during the Balkans conflict in the 1990s, has upheld the contempt conviction of a former staffer.

Florence Hartmann had served as a prosecution spokesperson at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Julie Walker reports.

“Florence Hartmann was found guilty of contempt of court in 2009, for disclosing confidential information.

Hartmann wrote a book and an article in 2007, after she'd left the UN tribunal, about the trial of Serbia’s ex-President, Slobodan Milosevic.

He died a year earlier before the trial ended.

In it's ruling on Hartmann, the court rejected her freedom of expression defense saying her actions could deter countries from cooperating with the ICTY.

Julie Walker, United Nations.”

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UN’s Balkan war crimes tribunal upholds contempt conviction against ex-staffer

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