Jović appeal dismissed 15 Mar 2007
The Appeals Chamber of the ICTY has affirmed the Trial Chamber's judgement in the contempt case against the Croatian journalist, Josip Jović.

On 15 March 2007, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) affirmed the Trial Chamber's judgement in the contempt case against Croatian journalist, Josip Jović. On 30 August 2006 Jović had been found guilty of publishing closed session transcripts from the trial of Tihomir Blaškić.

In his appeal, Jović challenged both the conviction and sentence handed down by the Trial Chamber. He filed seven grounds of appeal, alleging errors of law invalidating the Trial Judgement and errors of fact resulting in a miscarriage of justice. In its decision, the Appeals Chamber dismissed all seven grounds of appeal and ordered him to pay a fine of 20,000.

The Trial Chamber judgement stated that Jović, a former editor-in-chief of the Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, published closed session court transcripts and parts of a witness statement given to the Office of the Prosecutor by witness Stjepan Mesić. Mesić, who since became the president of Croatia, testified as a protected witness in the case against former Croatian Army general Tihomir Blaškić.

The Tribunal has to date held contempt proceedings against 19 people, including accused, defence counsel, witnesses and journalists such as Jović.

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Appeals Judgement
Trial Chamber Judgement