In March, French journalist Florence Hartmann was jailed at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague for contempt of court. Hartmann was seized by United Nations police while waiting for the verdict on Radovan KaradÅ¾iÄ‡, nicknamed the Butcher of Bosnia, outside The Hague court in the Netherlands on March 24, this year.
The journalist is a former spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia. She worked with the Tribunal’s former Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte between 2000-2006. Hartmann was accused of revealing that the , withheld documents on the Srebrenica massacre from its sister organisation, the International Criminal Court. Hartmann was arrested over a 2009 conviction for contempt for disclosing confidential documents during the trial of Milosevic, and appeals judges upheld the guilty verdict and a 7,000-euro fine in July. But this sentence was upgraded to seven days imprisonment in 2011 when the fine remained unpaid.
She talks about her experience sharing a prison with ‘some of the world’s bloodthirsty executioners’. Read her story here, Read the story on Rodovan Karadiz and Hartman’s arrest: