ECCC ends investigation of Khmer Rouge leaders 15 Jan 2010
Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia announced the conclusion of their investigation of five former Khmer Rouge leaders.

On 14 January 2010 the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced the conclusion of the investigation of five former Khmer Rouge leaders. In Case 002, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, have been charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for their alleged roles as leaders during the Khmer Rouge's rule of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.

 

The investigation began following a submission by the co-Prosecutors in July 2007. The investigation into the crimes allegedly committed between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979 has lasted around two and a half years. During this period more than 800 statements have been taken from witnesses and more than 2000 civil party applications have been received.

 

The parties now have 30 days to request further investigations. After this stage, the Co-Investigating Judges will forward the case file to the Co-Prosecutors. The Co-Prosecutors will then have 45 days to make their final submission.

 

After receipt of the Co-Prosecutors’ final submission, the Co-Investigating Judges will issue a Closing Order. The Closing Order will be either an indictment sending the case for trial or a partial or total dismissal of the case. Subject to the parties’ exercise of their procedural rights the Co-Investigative Judges will endeavour to issue a Closing Order in September 2010. This could lead to a trial beginning in late 2010 or early 2011.

 

This will be the second trial before the ECCC. In a separate set of proceedings, the verdict of Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch is expected in the coming months. The trial against Duch, who directed the infamous Security Prison S-21, concluded in November 2009.

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