Im Chaem

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Place of Birth
Kbal Ou village, Cheang Tong Commune, Tram Kok District, Takeo [Source:DC-CAM)
Arrested Date
Defence counsel
Mr. Bit Seanglim (Cambodia) and Mr. Wayne Jordash QC
Position in Democratic Kampuchea

Alleged Preah Net Preah District Secretary and Northwest Zone Sector 5 Deputy Secretary.

Status of case

Im Chaem was charged in absentia on 3 March 2015. On 18 December 2015, the Co-Investigating Judges filed a notice of conclusion of the judicial investigation against Im Chaem. The proceedings against Im Chaem were severed into a new case file, Case 004/01 on 5 February 2016. On 22 February 2017, the Co-Investigating Judges issued the dispositive part of the Closing Order in Case 004/01 dismissing the case against Im Chaem. On 10 July 2017, the full reasoning of the Closing Order was issued. Pre-Trial Chamber is seised of an appeal filed by the international co-prosecutor against the Closing Order in case 004/01.  On 11 and 12 December 2017, the Pre-Trial Chamber held hearings in case 004/01 to hear the arguments of the parties before it issues its decision on the appeal.

On 28 June 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber issued its considerations on the International Co-Prosecutor’s appeal against the dismissal of the case against Im Chaem. The Pre-Trial Chamber unanimously held that the Co-Investigating Judges erred in relation to the method of evaluating evidence and the jurisdiction of Cambodian courts to try cases relating to the Khmer Rouge. The Pre-Trial Chamber judges were unable to reach a super-majority on the merits of the appeal. Judges Prak, Ney, and Huot agreed with the dismissal. Judges Baik and Beauvallet disagreed with the Co-Investigating Judges assessment of the evidence and conclusions, and held that Im Chaem did fall within the jurisdiction of the ECCC and should be sent to trial.

Key allegations

Im Chaem has been charged with the following alleged crimes: 

  • Crimes Against Humanity, namely murder, extermination, enslavement, imprisonment, torture, persecution, and other inhumane acts (enforced disappearance, rape, forced marriage and confinement in inhumane conditions)
  • Grave Breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, namely wilful killing, inhuman treatment, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, wilful deprivation of a fair and regular trial, and unlawful confinement of a civilian

 

These crimes were allegedly variously committed

 

  • in Sector 13 of the Southwest Zone, including at Wat Ang Srei Mealy Security Office and Prey Sokhon execution site
  • in Sector 5 of the Northwest Zone, including at Phnom Trayoung Security Office and worksite, Phum Chakrey Security Office and related execution sites including Prey Ta Ruth, Wat Chamkar Khnol Security Office and related sites, Wat Preah Net Preah and related detention and execution sites, Spean Spreng and Prey Roneam dam worksites, Traprang Thma dam worksite, and during the purge of the zone by Southwest cadres.
Case No. Case 004/1

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