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Croatian journalist defies UN court with Internet publication
Thu Jan 12 2006 08:55:42 ET

A Croatian journalist charged by the UN war crimes tribunal with contempt of court has defied it by publishing the secret testimony of a protected witness on the Internet, reports and police said Thursday.

Domagoj Margetic put out on his personal website what appeared to be testimony by Croatian President Stipe Mesic during the 1997 trial of former Bosnian Croat general Tihomir Blaskic, the Jutarnji List newspaper said.

The audio recording of the testimony was posted on the website late on Wednesday but early Thursday the site was blocked by police order, police official Marijan Benko said.

Meanwhile, Mesic's office said the president wanted to remove the secrecy from his testimony.

"Mesic agreed that Zagreb asks from the UN court to remove the notion of secrecy from his testimony in order that it becomes available to the Croatian public," his spokeswoman Danijela Barisic told AFP.

Last year the UN tribunal in The Hague charged Margetic, a former journalist with the right-wing Hrvatsko Slovo newspaper, four other Croatian journalists and the country's former intelligence chief with contempt of court for revealing the identity of a witness during the trial. The witness was Mesic, according to local media.

They have all pleaded not guilty.


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