UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia orders new measues to protect witnesses

20 June 2002

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has issued an order to prevent violations of protective measures for witnesses after a Belgrade newspaper disclosed the identity of a confidential informant last month.

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has issued an order to prevent violations of protective measures for witnesses after a Belgrade newspaper disclosed the identity of a confidential informant last month.

The ICTY Trial Chamber dealing with the case against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic issued the order yesterday after the newspaper “Nacional” published an article on 25 May disclosing the identity of the protected witness, known as “K5.”

According to the head of the Tribunal’s public information service, Christian Chartier, it was clear from the publication that the authors of the article were “perfectly aware” that K5 was a protected witness.

The court’s order also requests the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Prosecutor to provide the Trial Chamber with any information regarding those responsible for the disclosure.

In other news, the hearing on the contempt proceedings against the witness in the Milosevic case known as "K12" will take place on Monday. The hearing is being held to clarify the position on contempt and to hear any submissions.

The Tribunal also announced that there would be no hearing in the Milosevic case today or tomorrow as the former President’s health situation was under daily review.

 

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