ICTY indicts former spokesperson for disclosing confidential Milosevic decisions

ICTY indicts former spokesperson for disclosing confidential Milosevic decisions

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] has ordered the prosecution of Florence Hartmann [book publicity interview], former spokeswoman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte [BBC profile], on two counts of contempt for allegedly disclosing protected information [AP report] about the trial of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. The ICTY issued an Order in Lieu of an Indictment [PDF, text] on Wednesday, which alleges that Hartmann knowingly divulged confidential decisions in the Milosevic case both in her memoirs [Amazon profile, in French] and through subsequent public statements.

Hartmann drew media attention to herself earlier this month by repeating allegations [JURIST report] that former US President Bill Clinton and French President Jacques Chirac had planned a campaign [JURIST report] to capture Radovan Karadzic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], but later backed down following a change in policy. Hartmann has also said that Russia aided in moving Karadzic to safety in Belarus, and alleged that the West helped in order to hide information about the Srebrenica massacre [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive].