ICTY tuomitsi entisen syyttäjän tiedottajan oikeuden halventamisesta
Entiselle Jugoslavialle asetettu Haagin kansainvälinen rikosoikeustuomioistuin ICTY on tänään tuominnut Haagin tuomioistuimen entisen syyttäjän tiedottajan Florence Hartmannin 7.000 euron sakkoihin tuomioistuimen halventamisesta, koska hän oli paljastanut kirjassa vielä siinä vaiheessa salaista oikeudenkäyntiaineistoa.The Specially Appointed Chamber today convicted Florence Hartmann of contempt of the Tribunal for disclosing confidential information in knowing violation of a court order.
She was sentenced to pay a fine of 7,000 Euros, in two installments of 3,500 Euros each, to be paid by 14 October and 14 November 2009 respectively.
Hartmann, a one-time spokesperson for a former Tribunal Prosecutor, disclosed the contents, purported effect and confidential nature of two Appeals Chamber Decisions from the Slobodan Milošević case in a book as well as an article authored by her in 2007 and 2008.
“This…impacts upon the Tribunal’s ability to exercise its jurisdiction to prosecute and punish serious violations of humanitarian law as prescribed by its mandate,” Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, presiding, said. “Public confidence in the effectiveness of protective measures, orders and decisions is vital to the success of the work of the Tribunal.”
In determining the appropriate penalty the Chamber considered the need to deter future wrongful disclosure of confidential information by the accused or any other person but also the fact that some of the information published was already in the public domain.
The Tribunal regards the integrity of its decisions and safeguarding of its basic judicial functions as essential elements of the rule of law. Several persons who have attempted to interfere with the judicial process by revealing confidential information have been prosecuted.
ICTY:n tuomion yhteenveto: http://www.icty.org/x/cases/contempt_hartmann/tjug/en/090914.pdf