In good news for people who love bad news: France has refused to arrest a journalist wanted for contempt in the former Yugoslavia.
The Washington Post reports that the French government has refused to carry out an arrest mandate against Florence Hartmann from the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. Hartmann is accused of revealing confidential information about the tribunal’s work:
“Hartmann, a French national, covered the Bosnian war in the 1990s. After working as a spokeswoman for the tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2000 to 2006, she published a book in 2007 that contained information on Serbia’s involvement in the horrors of the Bosnian conflict.
A special panel of the tribunal convicted her in September 2009 of contempt of court and ordered her to pay a $10,000 fine. She appealed and declined to pay. Last month, an appeals panel upheld the conviction and converted the fine into a seven-day prison term, calling on the French government to arrest her and turn her over in The Hague.”
The Post speculates that perhaps the tribunal, which is way behind schedule, has better things to do than chase one wily French newspaperwoman around Europe.
What do you think? Is the tribunal pointing the finger at anyone but itself, or did Hartmann cross the line by playing both sides?
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