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The Latest: Former war crimes tribunal spokeswoman detained

  • Demonstrators gather outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia before the trial of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Karadzic is blamed for a deadly campaign of sniping and shelling in the capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 murders of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. The conflict left 100,000 dead and forced more than 2 million from their homes. (AP Photo/Michael Corder)

    Demonstrators gather outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia before the trial of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Karadzic is blamed for a deadly campaign of sniping and shelling in the capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 murders of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. The conflict left 100,000 dead and forced more than 2 million from their homes. (AP Photo/Michael Corder)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators gather outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia before the trial of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Karadzic is blamed for a deadly campaign of sniping and shelling in the capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 murders of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. The conflict left 100,000 dead and forced more than 2 million from their homes. (AP Photo/Michael Corder)

    Demonstrators gather outside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia before the trial of former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Karadzic is blamed for a deadly campaign of sniping and shelling in the capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 murders of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. The conflict left 100,000 dead and forced more than 2 million from their homes. (AP Photo/Michael Corder)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday March 24, 2016. The former Bosnian-Serbs leader is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool via AP)

    Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday March 24, 2016. The former Bosnian-Serbs leader is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. (Robin van Lonkhuijsen, Pool via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the verdict in the case of Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

A former spokeswoman for the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has been detained by security guards at the court shortly before judges are due to deliver verdicts in the trial of Radovan Karadzic.

It was not immediately clear why Florence Hartmann was detained Thursday. A court spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Hartmann, a French national, was convicted of contempt of court by the tribunal in 2009 for publishing confidential material from the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. She was initially fined 7,000 euros, but the fine was later converted to a seven-day prison sentence, which she is not believed to have served.

Hartmann was a spokeswoman for former prosecutor Carla Del Ponte.

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9:50 a.m.

A United Nations war crimes tribunal is passing judgment on Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, one of the alleged architects of Serb atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Karadzic will hear verdicts Thursday afternoon on 11 charges, including two counts of genocide. He faces a maximum life sentence if convicted.

The trial is hugely significant for the U.N. tribunal as Karadzic is the most senior Bosnian Serb leader to face prosecution. Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic died in his cell in The Hague in 2006 before judges could deliver verdicts in his trial.

Karadzic insists he is innocent and says his wartime actions were intended to protect Serbs.

He is charged with responsibility for atrocities including the siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men in the Srebrenica enclave.