UN court upholds conviction of ex-spokeswoman

AP News
Posted: Jul 19, 2011 12:52 PM
UN court upholds conviction of ex-spokeswoman

An appeals court of the U.N. Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has upheld the conviction of a former prosecution spokeswoman for contempt for revealing confidential court decisions during the trial of Serbia's ex-President Slobodan Milosevic.

Florence Hartmann, who was originally found guilty in 2009, was ordered to pay a euro7,000 ($9,900) within two months.

She was convicted for disclosures in her 2007 book published after she left her high-profile job, and again in a later magazine article, about Serbia's handover of secret military documents written the Balkan wars. Milosevic died in 2006 in mid-trial.

The court Tuesday rejected her freedom-of-expression defense, saying it was trumped by the tribunal's pledge to guarantee the confidentiality of some information.