September 21, 2005
Aid and succor
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The chief prosecutor at the U.N. war crimes tribunal accused the Vatican on Tuesday of hindering the hunt for a fugitive Croatian general.
Prosecutor Carla del Ponte’s spokeswoman said Gen. Ante Gotovina was believed to be receiving support from a network of Roman Catholic monasteries in Croatia.
If church leaders “would give orders not to harbor war crimes suspects, if they would assist justice, fugitives wouldn’t find protection in monasteries,” Del Ponte’s spokeswoman, Florence Hartmann, said.
… Hartmann said Del Ponte had sent letters to the Vatican and met with top church officials this summer requesting that the church reprimand Croatian Bishop Mile Bogovic. Bogovic publicly called Gotovina a hero and said his prosecution was politically motivated.
Hartmann says that Del Ponte’s pleas went unanswered.
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