Switzerland government bars Del Ponte from promoting war crimes book Leslie Schulman at 11:29 AM ET
[JURIST] The Switzerland Foreign Ministry [official website] has barred former ICTY chief prosecutor and current Swiss ambassador to Argentina Carla Del Ponte [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from publicly promoting her new book "The Hunt: Me and War Criminals," according to Tuesday reports. The Swiss government has said that statements made in the book [Kosovo Compromise report] that condemn the actions of several politicians of the former Yugoslavia, including current Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website, in Albanian; BBC profile], are inconsistent with her present role. Switzerland was one of the first countries to recognize Kosovo's February unilateral declaration of independence [JURIST report]. In the book Del Ponte also criticizes the United States for discouraging prosecution of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) members, currently in power in Rwanda, in connection with the 1994 genocide there. Del Ponte was initially also in charge of prosecutions before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
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