The International Co-Investigating Judge Charges Meas Muth in absentia in Case 003

Statement of the International Co-Investigating Judge regarding Case 003

On 3 March 2015, the International Co-Investigating Judge charged Meas Muth in absentia with the following alleged crimes: homicide, as a violation of the 1956 Cambodian Penal Code; Crimes against Humanity of murder, extermination, enslavement, imprisonment, persecution on political and ethnic grounds, and other inhumane acts allegedly committed at Wat Enta Nhien security centre, Kampong Som, Kratie, S-21 security centre, and against Vietnamese, Thai and other foreigners at sea and on the islands over which Democratic Kampuchea claimed sovereignty; and Grave Breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 through the commission of the crimes of unlawful confinement of civilians, wilful deprivation of a prisoner of war or civilian’s rights to fair and regular trials, wilful killing, unlawful deportation or transfer, wilful causing of great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and torture, allegedly committed in Kampong Som, Kratie, S-21 security centre, and against Vietnamese, Thai and other foreigners at sea and on the islands over which Democratic Kampuchea claimed sovereignty. 

With the filing of these charges, the Internal Rules of the ECCC permit Meas Muth, through his lawyers, to have access to the case file and to participate in the investigation, thus accelerating its progress.  This will allow the investigation to proceed with full respect of the rights of all parties and to conclude it within a reasonable time with the issuance of a closing order. 

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