FLORENCE HARTMANN ACTED IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE AND HISTORY
Ms Hartmann is a very brave woman. She stood up for victims' rights and used her investigative skills to uncover the dirt that enabled Serbia to get away with genocide. The court alleges that Ms Hartmann revealed the information concerning the court's decision in February 2007 to clear the Serbian government of genocide charges following the death of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
The Trial Chamber ordered the prosecution of Florence Hartmann "for knowingly and willfully disclosing information in knowing violation of an order of a Chamber.” The Order states that, “Florence Hartmann knew that the information was confidential at the time disclosure was made, that the decisions from which the information was drawn were ordered to be filed confidentially, and that by her disclosure she was revealing confidential information to the public.” Ms Hartmann faces one charge of disclosing information in her book "Peace and Punishment" and another over an article published in January this year by the Bosnian Institute in the United Kingdom. The Order summons Ms Hartmann to appear before the Court on September 15, 2008.
Dr. Marko Attila Hoare, a renowned historian and one of the most respected scholars on the subject of Balkan history, recently voiced his displeasure with Ms Hartmann's prosecution:
"I am myself a former official of the Tribunal, and my biggest criticism of it has been its failure to indict most of the principal Serbian and Montenegrin war-criminals, a failure that, on the basis of my eyewitness experience, I attribute in large part to the poor strategy of del Ponte as Chief Prosecutor. But a perhaps even more shameful failing on the Tribunal’s part was the one about which Florence writes: the decision of the judges in the Milosevic case to allow Serbia, when submitting to the Tribunal the minutes of the ‘Supreme Defence Council’ of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, to censor parts of it in the version that was made public. As Florence argues, it was thanks to the Tribunal’s collusion with Serbia in the suppression of this crucial piece of evidence, that Bosnia was not able to draw upon the latter in its case against Serbia for genocide at the International Court of Justice, leading to Serbia’s unjustified acquittal."
"Taking action against Ms. Hartmann means that all those who, legitimately, in the interest of the public and of history, wish to bear witness to their actions in the service of international penal justice will be muzzled," he said.