Did the ICTY Just Reveal the Identity of an Anonymous Witness? (Updated)
Someone needs to explain this to me. The ICTY’s official Twitter account just tweeted the following:
Witness in Mladić trial, Dražen Erdemović, is testifying with facial and voice distortion.
— ICTY (@ICTYnews) July 2, 2013
A witness normally testifies “with facial and voice distortion” in order to prevent the defendant from knowing his or her identity. So here we have the ICTY tweeting the identity of a presumably anonymous witness. What gives?
(I should add that I don’t know why Erdemović would need to testify anonymously against Mladić. He’s been a witness in a number of ICTY trials.)
UPDATE: A few readers emailed to say that Erdemović is testifying with face and voice distortion not to keep his identity secret from Mladić, but to limit public knowledge of his identity. If so, the ICTY’s actions are still baffling — the public now knows precisely who is testifying!