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By Edward Cody, Washington Post, 21 June 2009

THE HAGUE — For the past 16 years, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has been prosecuting those accused of engineering and carrying out the atrocities that marked Yugoslavia’s blood-soaked disintegration in the 1990s.

For the past week, however, it has taken time out to try Florence Hartmann, a French journalist who was a spokeswoman for the tribunal’s prosecutor from 2000 to 2006.

Hartmann has been charged with contempt, punishable by seven years in prison and a fine of $140,000, because after she left the tribunal she wrote about a secret ruling that allowed the Serbian government to conceal documents dealing with its official involvement in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

The prosecution of a journalist who published leaked information has troubled some of the most ardent supporters of the U.N. court, which is part of an attempt to create an international justice system that can hold governments accountable for their actions in wartime. With several alleged Yugoslav war criminals still awaiting trial and Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic still at large, they said, the court has better things to do with its energy and a U.N.-supplied budget running at more than $120 million a year.

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