support Committee, petitions … The fate of Florence Hartmann continues to generate excitement and anger. The former correspondent of the “world” in the Balkans was arrested Thursday in The Hague by guards from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as she waited for the trial of Radovan Karadzic, the former leadeur Bosnian Serb sentenced for genocide to forty years in prison.
Since then, the former spokesman of the Prosecutor of the ICTY between 2000 and 2006 is held at the Scheveningen prison in a wing devoted war criminals to trial before the International criminal Court! The French had been convicted in 2009 for contempt of court. His fault ? Having published in 2007, in a book “Peace and Punishment”, two confidential decisions rendered by the ICTY Appeals Court in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, former Serbian President. These decisions would have, she says, to prove the involvement of the Serbian state in the genocide in Srebrenica, which killed nearly 8,000 Bosniaks in 1995. The French had refused to pay a fine of € 7,000 commuted to seven days in prison.
Florence Hartmann living in “conditions for monitoring suicide risk, which means that the cell is lit round the clock and is monitored every fifteen minutes by guards laments his lawyer, M th Guénaël Mettraux. It is isolated from other prisoners and received only the visit of the Consul of France, “he said, calling the conditions” totally unnecessary, unjustified and disproportionate “.
Several celebrities are mobilizing to his release. Carla del Ponte, former ICTY Chief Prosecutor, or Bernard-Henri Lévy. “It is one of the great voices of what remains of the spirit of Sarajevo and Bosnia. She should be released immediately, “said the philosopher. For M th Bourdon, his other lawyer, “it is absurd to imprison a journalist for doing his job, having raised the alarm in a book! A paradox when the conviction of Karadzic grew TPI. “