In an Order dated 15 September 2009 the Co-Investigating Judges order the provisional detention of Nuon Chea to be extended with a maximum term of one year.
Nuon Chea, who held the position as Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) and was a member of the CPK Central and Standing Committees, is charged with Crimes against Humanity and Grave Breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (the case is still under investigation). Nuon Chea was placed in provisional detention on 19 September 2007, initially for one year. His provisional detention was extended for one more year by an Order issued by the Co-Investigating Judges on 16 September 2008.
Nuon Chea during a pre-trial hearing in February 2008.
In their Order extending the provisional detention, the Co-Investigating Judges finds that provisional detention still remains a necessary measure to prevent the Charged Person from exerting pressure on witnesses or destroying evidence. Furthermore, continued provisional is deemed necessary in order to ensure the presence of the Charged Person during the proceedings, in order to ensure his security and to preserve public order.
• Order on extension of Provisional Detention of NUON Chea