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Croatian President Stjepan Mesic (file photo) (epa) July 11, 2006 -- The UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has begun hearing the case against a Croatian journalist accused of publishing the name of a protected witness in a war crimes trial.


Josip Jovic faces charges of contempt of court for identifying Croatia's current president Stjepan Mesic as the witness.


Jovic admits he violated a court injunction but is pleading not guilty, saying it was common knowledge the witness was Mesic.


(AFP, AP)

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