ICTY convicts Seselj of contempt for revealing witness identities


This is the second contempt charge brought in the ICTY's trial of Seselj. In September, key witness Ljubisa Petkovic [ICTY backgrounder, PDF] was found guilty of contempt [JURIST report] for refusing to testify against Seselj. Last August, the ICTY suspended [JURIST report] Seselj's trial pending an appellate ruling on whether the defendant could represent himself. The ICTY had previously stripped Seselj of his right to defend himself after he failed to appear in court, despite an earlier appeals court ruling that he could represent himself [JURIST reports] provided he did not engage in courtroom behavior that "substantially obstruct[ed] the proper and expeditious proceedings in his case."

 

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