Monday, July 30, 2012

And then there were 3 at the ECCC

Folks seeking accountability in Cambodia no doubt are hoping 3d time's a charm.
That is, the 3d time in a year that an international person's been named an investigating judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the tribunal charged with bringing to book surviving leaders of the circa-1970s Khmer Rouge reign of terror.
When last we posted 4 months ago, Laurent Kasper-Ansermet of Switzerland had just resigned the position, to which he'd been named following the October 2011 resignation of Siegfried Blunk of Germany. But Kasper-Ansermet'd been refused by the Cambodian government.
Newly appointed the International Co-Investigating Judge is Mark Harmon (right) of the United States, who recently retired from 17 years of service as a prosecutor at at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. A graduate of the University of California Hastings College of Law and a former federal prosecutor, he's profiled in this 2006 California Lawyer article. Harmon spoke about the ICTY in the daylong Year in Review Conference last March at The Hague. (As posted, yours truly also was on that panel.)
An official announcement on the ECCC website said of Harmon:
'His deployment will enable the ECCC to continue the critical task of pursuing accountability for the crimes committed during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime.'
At issue, as explained in posts available in IntLawGrrls' Khmer Rouge accountability series, is investigation of matters known as Cases 003 and 004, which implicate individuals that the Cambodian government would like to keep free of any such implication.

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