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French journalist and author Florence Hartmann

A lawyer said the former spokeswoman for the UN war crimes tribunal is expected to remain jailed until later this week at the earliest.

Florence Hartmann was detained by guards outside the tribunal’s building in The Hague on March 24, the same day as the court convicted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of helping to organize atrocities during the 1992-95 war.

Hartmann was a spokeswoman for prosecutors at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the early 2000s, but then published a book alleging the court struck a secret deal with Serbia.

The tribunal convicted her of contempt of court in 2009 for revealing confidential material.

Her lawyer, Guenael Mettraux, said on March 28 that Hartmann remained jailed at Scheveningen prison, home to several notorious war criminals, and was "locked up until further notice."

Based on reporting by AP and The Guardian
Azerbaijani human rights activist and lawyer Intigam Aliyjev (file photo)

Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has commuted a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence against prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, paving the way for his release after nearly a year in prison.

The court decided to give Aliyev a suspended sentence on March 28, after his lawyers appealed to prosecutors, saying he was suffering from spinal and other health problems.

The 53-year-old activist was arrested in August 2014 and convicted of illegal business activity, tax evasion, abuse of authority, and other charges in April 2015.

Aliyev has always denied the charges as politically motivated and his lawyers have been demanding that the criminal case against him be fully dismissed.

Aliyev was announced the winner of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Award in 2015.

He founded the Legal Education Society in 1998 to provide legal assistance to marginalized groups, and has represented many Azerbaijani activists and human rights defenders.

Azerbaijan is widely criticized by Western governments and organizations for its crackdown on dissent and imprisonment of activists and government opponents.

On March 17, President Ilham Aliyev-- who is not related to the human rights lawyer-- pardoned 148 prisoners, including several human rights defenders and opposition activists and politicians.

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