On 4 December 2012, Counsel for Ante Gotovina in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) sent a complaint to the U.N. Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, in relation to the statements made in the Serbian newspaper Blic by the former ICTY Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, about the recent acquittal of the Croatian General by the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal.
iLawyer Guénaël Mettraux is Counsel for Ante Gotovina.
Carla Del Ponte claimed that this acquittal was not justice but a denial of a huge crime. She also called into question the credibility of the Tribunal and said that suspicion about a political influence on the verdict was justified.
In their complaint, Ante Gotovina’s Counsel state that such statements constitute a grave violation of Mr. Gotovina’s fundamental rights, especially of his right to be presumed innocent, and are an unacceptable interference with the reputation and authority of the ICTY.
Moreover, Counsel say that accusing the Appeals Chamber judges of corruption is highly inappropriate and without basis, so that the United Nations (UN) must act immediately both to protect Mr. Gotovina’s fundamental rights and to protect the reputation of the UN and its judges.
For the Counsel, Ms. Del Ponte did not respect her ethical and professional obligations as UN Personnel. The Counsel request, among other things, Carle Del Ponte to publicly retract her statements and issue an apology to Mr. Gotovina.
In her interview, Ms. Del Ponte admitted that she made these statements before she had even read the judgment of the ICTY Appeals Chamber.