Hartmann, Florence (Contempt)

Florence HartmannFrom 2000 until 2006, Florence Hartmann served as the spokesperson for the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte. In 2007, she published a book untitled Paix et Chatiment (Peace and Punishment) which contained classified information about the Milošević case. In 2008, Hartmann authored an article entitled “Vital Genocide Documents Concealed” that was published by the Bosnian Institute and which also contained classified information.

On 27 August 2008, a specially appointed Trial Chamber issued an Order in lieu of an indictment for contempt against Florence Hartmann.

On 14 November 2008, the Pre-Trial judge at the Tribunal entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf pursuant to Rule 62(A)(iv) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

The trial of Florence Hartmann was scheduled for 5 and 6 February 2009, but on 3 February 2009 the trial was postponed sine die after the Panel was seized of a confidential motion by the Defence to disqualify two members of the Trial Chamber and the senior legal officer in charge of the case. On 27 March 2009 the Panel of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia disqualified Judges Orie and Agius from sitting on the specially appointed Chamber. On 2 April 2009, the ICTY President assigned Judge Mehmet Güney and Judge Liu Daquan to the case, which commenced on 15 June 2009. On 14 September 2009, Ms. Hartmann was found guilty of contempt and sentenced to pay a fine of 7,000 euros.

On 24 November 2009 Florence Hartmann filed a notice of appeal.

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