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ECCC Budget for 2016-2017 Published

The budget for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for the period 2016-2017 has been endorsed by the Group of Interested States, and is now available on the ECCC website. The total budget amounts to US$32.3 million for 2016 and US$26.5 million for 2017 with the following breakdown:   2016                                         &n

The Court Report - December 2015

The December edition of our monthly newsletter The Court Report features a special section with ECCC activities in retrospect prepared by the Public Affairs Section. It also contains an overview of other recent activities at the ECCC including summaries of witness testimonies in Case 002/02 and judicial updates from all the Chambers and judicial offices.

Conclusion of judicial investigation against Im Chaem

The judicial investigation against Im Chaem was initiated following receipt of the Third Introductory Submission filed by the International Co-Prosecutor on 9 September 2009. The scope of the investigation was subsequently expanded by Supplementary Submissions filed by the International Co-Prosecutor on 18 July 2011, 24 April 2014, 5 August 2015, and 20 November 2015.

Mr Meas Muth charged in Case 003

On 14 December 2015, the International Co-Investigating Judge charged Mr Meas Muth with the following alleged crimes: − Genocide;− Crimes against Humanity, namely murder; extermination; enslavement; imprisonment; torture; persecution; other inhumane acts (inhumane treatment, enforced disappearances, forced labour, forced marriage, rape and attacks on human dignity due to conditions of detention); 

Mr Yim Tith charged in Case 004

On 9 December 2015, the International Co-Investigating Judge charged Mr Yim Tith with the following alleged crimes: − Genocide of the Khmer Krom;

Japan makes a new contribution of US$1.2 million to the ECCC

The Government of Japan has announced a new contribution of US$1,221,818 to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).  The Government of Japan is the largest donor to the ECCC, and it has supported the court since its inception. With the new contribution, Japan’s total financial assistance to the ECCC will exceed US$83 million. “On behalf of the ECCC, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continuous and generous financial contributions and support.

Evidence hearings in Case 002/02 shifts to treatment of the Vietnamese

Case 002/02 trial hearings recommence on 30 November 2015, with one further witness on the Trapeang Thma Dam worksite. The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will then hear evidence related to charges of genocide and other crimes alleged against the Vietnamese minority in Cambodia during the period of Democratic Kampuchea. Ten witnesses and Civil Parties are currently scheduled to testify during this part of the trial in Case 002/02.

Supreme Court Chamber schedules appeal hearings

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has scheduled hearings relating to appeals in Case 002/01. The hearings are scheduled to take place from 09:00-11:30hrs and 13:30-16:00hrs on 17, 18 and 19 November 2015. The agenda for the three day hearing is finalized and a detailed timetable can be found on the ECCC website: http://www.eccc.gov.kh/en/document/court/annex-final-timetable-hearing

The Court Report October 2015

The October edition of our monthly newsletter The Court Report features a special section with  background information about the upcoming appeal hearings in Case 002/01. It also contains an overview of other recenet activities at the ECCC including summaries of witness testimonies in Case 002/02 and judicial updates from all the Chambers and jucidial offices.

Information about scheduling in Case 002/02

The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has informed the parties to Case 002/02 that there will be no hearings during the week of 19-22 October 2015 immediately following the Pchum Ben judicial recess. 

Australia pledges additional AUD 3,250,000

The Government of Australia has made a new pledge of AUD 3,250,000 to the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). With this new pledge, the Government of Australia has provided financial assistance exceeding AUD 29 million. Australia is the second largest donor to the ECCC, and it has supported the Court since its inception.

ECCC’s weekly radio programme resumes on 10 September 2015 on WMC' radio station FM 102

A weekly radio talk show, “Khmer Rouge Leaders on Trial”, will be back on air every Thursday evening, from 6pm to 7pm, starting from 10 September 2015, on the Women’s Media Center of Cambodia (WMC)’s radio station, FM102, and its sub-stations nationwide.

First genocide charges to be heard at ECCC

Starting from 7 September 2015, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will for the first time hear evidence related to charges of genocide when the trial in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea moves to the next trial sequence which focuses on allegations related to the treatment of the Cham group. Fourteen witnesses, Civil Parties and one expert are scheduled to testify during this part of the trial.

Michael Bohlander appointed as new Co-Investigating Judge

Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Judge Michael Bohlander (Germany) as new International Co-Investigating Judge in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He replaces Judge Mark Brian Harmon (USA).

Accused person Ieng Thirith dies

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has been informed by the legal guardian that the accused person Ieng Thirith passed away at approximately 10:30 am on 22 August 2015 in Pailin, Cambodia.

EU pledges 8.9 million EURO

The European Union (EU) has made a new pledge of EUR 8.9 million to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the EU will contribute EUR 2 million to the national component and EUR 3.5 million to the international component of the ECCC.The breakdown of remaining EUR 3.4 million will be decided in 2016. The EU is one of the largest donors to the ECCC, having so far contributed a total of EUR 16.2 million since the Court’s inception in 2006.   

Press Briefing in advance of Trial Chamber’s hearing in Case 002/02

The Public Affairs Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has the honour of inviting representatives of media to a press briefing in advance of Trial Chamber’s hearing in Case 002/02 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea which will resume on 27 July 2015. The Trial Chamber will shift its focus to Trapeang Thma Dam in the Northwest Zone, the third and final worksite in Case 002/02. The press briefing will take place on Thursday 23 July 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, located at 64, 200 Oknha Men, Phnom Penh.

International Co-Investigating Judge urges Thailand and Vietnam to provide assistance

In a statement issued on 20 July 2015, international Co-Investigating Judge Mark Harmon urges the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Thailand, in the interests of justice, to comply fully with outstanding requests for assistance.Statement by the International Co-Investigating Judge

Judge Harmon announces his resignation

It is with considerable regret that I have tendered my resignation, for strictly personal reasons, with effect as of the date upon which my successor has been sworn into office. It was an honor to have been selected to serve as the International Co-Investigating Judge in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and to have had the privilege, along with my international and Cambodian colleagues, to pursue justice on behalf of the many victims who suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.Phnom Penh , 7 July 2015Mark Harmon

Background: Case 002/01 appeal hearings

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has scheduled the resumption of the appeal hearing in Case 002/01 after having adjourned the hearing due to lack of proper legal representation for Nuon Chea, resulting from his International Co-lawyer not attending the Appeal Hearing scheduled on 17-19 November 2015 and his National Co-lawyer leaving the courtroom in spite of the Chamber’s order to remain present.  The Chamber will hear oral submissions on issues raised in the appeals, and the hearing is scheduled for 09:00 – 16:00 on 16, 17 and 1

Press briefing in advance of the appeal hearings in Case 002/01

The Public Affairs Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has the honor of inviting representatives of national and international media to a press briefing in advance of the commencement of appeal hearings in Case 002/01 against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. The press briefing will take place on Tuesday 30 June 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 at Phnom Penh Hotel, No.53 Monivong Boulevard. There will be simultaneous interpretation in Khmer and English.

New video: Introduction to Case 002/02

The Public Affairs Secction has produced a new information video which provides a brief introduction to Case 002/02, which is the second trial against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea.  You can watch it below. 

BAIK Kang Jin and Michael Bohlander appointed as new judges

Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Judge BAIK Kang Jin (Republic of Korea) as new International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He replaces judge Rowan Downing (Australia) who resigned earlier this year.

Dismissal Of allegations against SOU Met

On 2 June 2015, the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued a decision dismissing the allegations against Sou Met, who was named as a suspect in the second introductory submission filed by the Acting International Co-Prosecutor on 7 September 2009.

First appeal hearings scheduled in Case 002/01

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has scheduled the first hearings relating to appeals in Case 002/01 to hear the testimony of three  witnesses, which it decided to call by decision of 29 May 2015. The hearings are scheduled to take place from 09:00 – 16:00 on 2, 3 and 6 July 2015, with 7 July as a reserve day, should additional time be required.

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