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Croatian journalist pleads not guilty in ICTY contempt case

[JURIST] Croatian journalist Marijan Krizic pleaded not guilty Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to charges that he revealed the identity of a protected witness in the Tihomir Blaskic case [ICTY factsheet] earlier this year. Krizic and fellow journalist Josip Jovic were charged with contempt under Rule 77 [text] of the court's Rules of Procedure and Evidence [text] after the witness's name appeared in their Croatian newspapers Hrvatsko Slovo [media website] and Slobodna Dalmacija [media website]. Jovic did not appear in court Monday; his lawyer instead filed a motion with the court to request postponement of appearance so that he may "use all legal means at his disposal to see if there is any reason for him to cooperate with the tribunal". If convicted, both men face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Reuters has more.

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