Cambodia judge to remain on Khmer Rouge tribunal: PM

[JURIST] An investigating judge who was to be transferred from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to serve as the head of Cambodia's Appeals Court will still remain on the ECCC, filling both roles simultaneously, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday. The UN had expressed concern [JURIST report] that removing Judge You Bun Leng could lead to undue delays in bringing top members of the Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] to trial.

The UN-backed ECCC was established by a 2001 law [text as amended 2005, PDF] to investigate and try those responsible for the Cambodian genocide that occurred between 1975-1979. The genocide resulted in the deaths of approximately one-third of the Cambodian population. To date, no top Khmer Rouge officials have faced trial. Earlier this month, the ECCC brought its first charges against Kaing Khek Iev [TrialWatch profile; JURIST report]. AFP has more.

 

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