Friday, September 21, 2007

Charging Brother Number Two

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) released today on their website the detention order for Nuon Chea, a.k.a. Brother Number Two -- Pol Pot's right-hand man and the ideologue of the Khmer Rouge regime. The order notes that Nuon Chea is being charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, and justifies his detention to prevent witness tampering and destruction of evidence, to stop him from fleeing and to protect him from violence. It also catalogues Nuon Chea's denial of responsibility for the crimes charged and his desire to "enlighten the Kampuchean people and the whole world concerning the real enemies of Cambodia." The 81-year-old will likely face trial early next year. He has chosen Son Arun, a Cambodian defense lawyer specializing in terrorism cases, to represent him. More to come soon, and for more detailed information on the ECCC, check out http://www.cambodiatribunal.org/, a website dedicated to monitoring the tribunal, featuring expert commentaries from various Cambodia hands, including yours truly and "Eleanor Roosevelt," aka IntLawGrrl Beth Van Schaack. (Photo courtesy of the Documentation Center of Cambodia.)

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