On March 24, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia sentenced Radovan Karadzic to 40 years imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Parties have the right to appeal this judgment.
France resolutely supports the tribunal’s work, which is vital to reconciliation between the countries of the region.
As the European Union Council of Ministers has noted on several occasions, it is crucial for all those responsible for the war crimes committed in the Western Balkans to be brought to justice. We are committed to the fight against impunity worldwide and call on all nations to fully cooperate with the international criminal justice system.
Q - Florence Hartmann, who is a French citizen and journalist and the Tribunal’s former spokesperson, must remain in jail for a week. What is France doing to secure her release?
A - Florence Hartmann was indeed arrested yesterday while she was at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to follow the court’s verdict against Radovan Karadzic. We understand that this had to do with the execution of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 2011 on contempt of court charges. She was jailed at the United Nations Detention Unit in the Netherlands. Naturally, I will not comment on the court’s decision.
She is receiving consular protection, and France’s consul-general in Amsterdam visited her this morning.