Margetić, 各šelj and Križić (contempt)

Domagoj MargeticDomagoj Margetić is a former editor of the Zagreb-based weekly publication Hrvatsko Slovo. Stjepan Šešelj is the former publisher of the periodical and the director of Hrvatsko Slovo D.O.O., a business entity which managed the administration of Hrvatsko Slovo. Marijan Križić is the former editor-in-chief of the same publication.

The indictment of 29 August 2005 against Domagoj Margetić and Stjepan Šešelj charged each of them with one count of contempt of the Tribunal for disclosing (a) the identity of a protected witness, (b) extracts of closed-session witness testimony, and (c) the fact that the protected witness had testified in non-public proceedings before the Tribunal in the case Prosecutor v. Tihomir Blaškić. The same day, the indictment against Marijan Križić was issued charging him with the same count. The Trial Chamber granted the joinder of the cases of the three accused on 31 May 2006.

On 20 June 2006, the Trial Chamber granted the Prosecution’s motion to withdraw the indictment against Margetić, Šešelj and Križić “in the interests of justice and judicial economy”.

A new indictment against Domagoj Margetić was issued on 30 August 2006. The indictment charged the accused with contempt of the Tribunal for knowingly and willingly interfering with the administration of justice during the summer of 2006 by publishing the complete, confidential witness list from the case Prosecutor v. Tihomir Blaškić as well as three related articles on his website.

On 7 February 2007, Domagoj Margetić was found guilty by Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia. He was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 Euros.

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