The international co-investigating judge of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal has resigned today after the conclusion of investigation of case 004.
According to a court statement, Judge Michael Bohlander from Germany had submitted his resignation today and will be returning to England to serve as the Chair in Comparative and International Criminal Law at Durham Law School.
At the same day Judge Bohlander and his Cambodian co-investigating You Bunleng issued separate statement on case 004 whether a former Khmer Rouge senior cadre Yim Tith falls with its jurisdiction.
Cambodian judge, You Bunleng claimed Yim Tith, a senior cadre in charge of southwest zone did not fall within the court’s jurisdiction while judge, Bohlander says evidence proof that Yim Tith’s accusations were within the court’s jurisdiction and could be indicted for punishment.
Yim Tith was case 004 and charged with genocide of the Khmer Krom and crime against humanity during his role in the Democrat of Kampuchea.
Three former top leaders have been convicted to life imprisonment for crimes they committed between 1975-79 in which some 1.7 million Cambodians were killed. They are Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea.