UN court won't prosecute prosecutors for contempt

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 12:15 PM
UN court won't prosecute prosecutors for contempt

Yugoslav war crimes tribunal judges say there is insufficient evidence to indict former chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte and other prosecutors for allegedly intimidating witnesses.

The court appointed an independent prosecutor last year to investigate claims by witnesses in the trial of Serb war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj that prosecutors had threatened them, subjected them to sleep deprivation and offered them money for testimony.

The independent prosecutor concluded there was insufficient evidence to launch a case of contempt of court.

In a decision Thursday, judges agreed with that conclusion and ruled there is no case against Del Ponte or her staff.

Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney general, left the court four years ago.