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Khmer Rouge court concludes case 004/2

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Mr. Ao An. KT/May Titthara

The pre-trial chamber of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has, on Friday, concluded an appeal hearing of case 004/2 against senior cadre Ao An.

The three days hearing which started on Wednesday and concluded today,  Friday, were represented by the co-prosecutors, co-defense councils, except  the accused as Ao An cited health reasons and was said to be unfit to travel long distance to attend the hearing.

Mr An, a former Khmer Rouge’s member of central zone was charged in 2015 with premeditated homicide and crimes against humanity. In 2016, he was charged with additional crimes, including genocide.

In August last year, the co-investigating judges issued separate closing orders against him. The national co-investigating judge issued a dismissal of the case, finding that Mr An did not fall within the personal jurisdiction of the court.

The international co-investigating judge indicted him for genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the 1956 Cambodian Penal Code.

Tribunal spokesman, Neth Pheaktra said that the Chamber is expected to issue its considerations on the appeals within the fourth quarter of 2019.

“The Pre-Trial Chamber will determine if AO An satisfies the criteria of the court’s jurisdiction and whether there are sufficient charges to indict him for the crimes alleged or the charges against him should be dismissed,” said the tribunal statement. “The Chamber will now adjourn to deliberate on its decision. The decision would be final with no further appeals.”

So far three of the regime’s leaders have been sentenced to life imprisonment by the court; they are Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch who commanded the S-21, former head of state Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, former deputy secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea.

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