Acquittal of Gotvina and Markac

A Petrovic made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

I wish to see copies of all documents held by the FCO that refer to Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac dated between 13th Nov – 28 Nov 2012.

Yours faithfully,

A Petrovic

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FOI Request, Ref: 1210-12
 
Dear Mr Petrovic
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. It has been assigned a
unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant
section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will
be in touch with you should your request need clarification.
 
We received your request on 29+ November 2012 and will aim to respond
within 20 working days.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Rights Team
FCO
 
 
 
 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr Petrovic,

 

Thank you for your FOI Request (1210-12) in relation to Ante Gotovina and
Mladen Markac.

 

I have been carrying out the search for information that is relevant to
your request. My search has picked up a great deal of information. I was
wondering if you would be willing to refine your request. Doing so would
allow me to conduct a more effective search of the information I have
found.

 

You have asked to be provided with all documents that refer to Ante
Gotovina and Mladen Markac between 13th Nov – 28 Nov 2012. Please could
you clarify what type of information you would like to see and the context
of the references to Gotovina and Marakac? 

 

If I have a better understanding of the specific information you would
like to see, I will be able to carry out a more effective search.

 

Regards,

Edward Munn | Desk Officer & Deputy DSC - War Crimes Team | Multilateral
Policy Directorate (MPD) | International Organisations Department (IOD) |
Room E3.301B | Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, SW1A 2AH | ( +44
(0)207 008 1873 * [1][email address]

 

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Unless you are refusing my request under s12 I don't see the necessity for me to refine my request.

In order to assist you, I can tell you that the subject matter of my request refers to the Acquittal of Gotovina and Markac from the ICTY. Therefore all documents held by the FCO on this topic related to Gotovina and Markac specified in my date range are of interest to me.

Yours faithfully,

A Petrovic

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Petrovic,

 

I attach a public interest test (PIT) letter in relation to FOIA Request
1210-12.

 

Regards,

Edward Munn | Desk Officer & Deputy DSC - War Crimes Team | Multilateral
Policy Directorate (MPD) | International Organisations Department (IOD) |
Room E3.301B | Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, SW1A 2AH | ( +44
(0)207 008 1873 * [1][email address]

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

The amount of time taken to conduct the PIT is completely unacceptable. I would refer you to the ICO guidance on the time permitted to conduct a PIT:

“Whilst the current version of the s.45 Code of Practice makes no reference to consideration of the Public Interest our view is that public authorities should aim to respond fully to all requests within 20 working days. In cases where the public interest considerations are exceptionally complex it may be reasonable to take longer but, in or view, in no case should the total time exceed 40 working days.”

Also available at the link here:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

Yours faithfully,

A Petrovic

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Petrovic,

Thank you for your email of 9 February.

Our PIT letter of 1 February was sent to an incorrect email address. This was a mistake and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will ensure that all future correspondence is sent to the correct email address ([FOI #140275 email]).

FCO members of staff are working to provide you with a response before the new deadline (1 March). This deadline was set in our PIT letter of 1 February. Once you receive our response, you may request an internal review.

Once again, I would like to apologise for the PIT letter being sent to an incorrect email address and for the time it is taking to response to request 1210-12.

Regards,
Edward Munn | Desk Officer & Deputy DSC - War Crimes Team | Multilateral Policy Directorate (MPD) | International Organisations Department (IOD) | Room E3.301B | Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, SW1A 2AH | +44 (0)207 008 1873   [email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Petrovic,

I attach a final response to FOI Request 1210-12.

Regards,
Edward Munn | International Organisations Department (IOD) | Room E3.301B | Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, SW1A 2AH | +44 (0)207 008 1873 

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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office's handling of my FOI request 'Acquittal of Gotvina and Markac'.

I wish to complain about the handling of my request. The time taken to conduct the PIT was unacceptable – with you extending the deadline well beyond the ICO recommended guidance.

I am also unconvinced by your use of exemptions.

Re: s27(1)a and b – the leaking of thousands of diplomatic cables on wikileaks doesn’t seem to have affected how nation-states conduct diplomacy – no states have had their relations with other states harmed as a result and I don’t believe sending me the info in scope of my request would harm the UK’s international relations. Furthermore, the arguments you have provided are generic and don’t specifically relate to the information in scope of my request – how would releasing the info specifically harm UK relations with Croatia, and the ICTY?

Re: s35 – you have provided me with a generic argument as to why releasing all the info in scope of my request would affect the formulation of government policy. I want to know how, specifically, would providing me with this info would harm the UK’s formulation of government policy with respect to Croatia and the ICTY.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ac...

Yours faithfully,

A Petrovic

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Internal Review for FOI Request Ref 1210-12
 
 
Dear Mr Petrovic
 
Thank you for your request for an Internal Review of your FOI Request Ref
1210-12.  It has been passed to the relevant department within the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you with
an outcome.
 
We received your request on 07 March 2013and will aim to respond within 20
working days.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Information Rights Team
FCO
 
 
 
 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Petrovic

 

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of FOI request ref 1210-12.

 

Kind regards,

 

Melanie

 

 

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Petrovic

 

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of FOI request ref 1210-12 (PDF format).

 

Kind regards,

 

Melanie Tankard

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