Khieu Samphan. Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via Flickr (CC).
Khieu Samphan. Photo: Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via Flickr (CC).

ECCC accused, Samphan, gives closing remarks; Chea does not attend: In Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan drawing to a close at the ECCC, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan delivered his closing remarks on 23 June 2017. In particular, Samphan stated that the charges he faced had been fabricated by Vietnam; denied knowledge of forced marriages, executions, and starvations; and stated “I want to bow to the memory of all the innocent victims but also to all those who perished by believing in a better ideal of the brighter future and who died during the five-year war… Their memory will never be honored by any international tribunal.” Co-defendant Nuon Chea did not appear in court, and his defence team stated that the tribunal had become a “deeply flawed and broken institution” and a product of “victor’s

ECCC accused; Nuon Chea. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org via Bing (CC).
ECCC accused; Nuon Chea. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org via Bing (CC).

justice.” No date has yet been set for the delivery of the ECCC’s final judgment in this case, though it is though that the decision could take up to a year. (Jurist, Phnom Penh Post)

 

 

UN criticised decision to drop CAH charges against 7 DRC men for killing of civilians: The Director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the DRC has released a statement criticizing the decision of a DRC military tribunal not to prosecute seven soldiers for crimes against humanity. The decision was made by prosecutors on 24th June 2017, prompting the UN to remark that the prosecution would have sent “a strong signal in the direction of those who are implicated in the violence in Kasai” and further that “prosecuting these crimes is a way of preventing other legal violations and further excessive use of force by the armed forces.” The charges had originally been brought against the soldiers after a video emerged showing men in uniforms opening fire on civilians and allegedly committing acts of mutilation. Though the crimes against humanity charges have been dropped, charges of murder will still be brought and it is thought that jail terms up to life imprisonment will be sought against two majors, a captain, lieutenant and a sergeant major. (eNCA)