France Will Not Arrest Former ICTY Spokeswoman
France has turned down the ICTY’s request that it detain and turn over a former ICTY spokeswoman who has been sentenced to a week in prison for contempt of that court.
PARIS — France refused Monday to carry out an arrest mandate from the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal against a French journalist convicted of contempt for revealing confidential information about the tribunal’s work.
The nation’s chief Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bernard Valero, said France’s accords with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia require it to carry out mandates against those accused of “serious crimes” but not offenses against the court itself, such as Florence Hartmann’s contempt conviction.
I don’t know any of the details of France’s agreements with the ICTY, but this certainly sounds like the right result. I don’t think the Security Council Resolutions obligate states to cooperate with the ICTY on matters besides serious violations of international humanitarian law, unless there is some other provision I am not aware of. An interesting legal question, though, nonetheless.