Tuesday, December 27, 2011

France says no

The French government made clear on Monday that it has no intention of arresting a French journalist accused of publishing confidential information.

The Washington Post examines why France is steadfast in its decision.
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.
“Since the contempt of court of which Ms. Hartmann was convicted is not one of those crimes, France has no legal basis for such cooperation,” Valero said at a ministry briefing.
AFP noted just two weeks ago that Ms. Hartmann had received an international humanitarian award for her efforts. 

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