ICTY charges Milosevic witness with contempt Jeannie Shawl at 1:25 PM ET
[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Wednesday charged a defense witness for Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] with contempt of court for refusing to testify while Milosevic was not in court due to illness. Judge Patrick Robinson charged Kosovo Serb leader Kosta Bulatovic with contempt for "knowingly and willfully interfered with the administration of justice by contumaciously refusing to answer questions asked by the prosecutor." Bulatovic now faces a maximum prison sentence of 7 years or a 100,000 euro fine, or both. The contempt hearing will resume May 5, allowing Bulatovic more time to consult a lawyer. Meanwhile, defense lawyers appointed by the ICTY to help Milosevic conduct his defense have told the court that the tribunal should not continue the trial while Milosevic is ill because it would amount to an impermissible trial in absentia. Reuters has more.
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