Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered France to arrest a former tribunal spokesperson who failed to pay a €7,000 fine imposed for contempt of court. The panel “directed and authorized” France to arrest Florence Hartmann, a French national convicted in 2009 of contempt of court for publishing a book and writing an article that disclosed confidential information about two court decisions involving former Serbian leader Slobodan Miloševic.
After losing her appeal in July this year, Ms. Hartmann was ordered to pay her fine in two instalments of €3,500 each by mid-August and mid-September respectively. She wrote to the tribunal to say she had no money and could not pay the fine, but that her supporters deposited the funds in a French bank account to pay the fine.
The tribunal’s finance department said it had not received any money. The ICTY said that Ms. Hartmann was obligated to pay the fine in the exact manner prescribed. Because she did not pay as ordered, the appeals chamber today decided to convert the fine into a term of imprisonment of seven days.
(mew) (adapted from a UN Press Release)