Judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel

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Ms. Marchi-Uhel served as a judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber from February 2010 to July 2011.
 

Ms. Marchi-Uhel has been a member of the French Judiciary since 1986. She first served as a judge in Coutances Tribunal de grande instance, a court of first instance, until December 1995.

She was then seconded from 1996 until 1998 to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she was primarily responsible for cases against the French Government before the European Court for Human Rights. Following this she served during four years in the Balkans with the United Nations Missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo including as International Judge for UNMIK.

Since leaving Kosovo in November 2002, she successively worked as the Senior Legal Officer of the ICTY and ICTR Appeals Chambers and, as the ICTY Head of Chambers.

Prior to becoming a Judge of the Pre-Trial Chamber within the ECCC she was a Reserve Judge of the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC

  • Nationality : France
  • Office : Pre-Trial Chamber
  • Position : Former Pre-Trial Chamber Judge
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Case 002 sent for trial

Today, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has confirmed and partially amended the indictments against the Accused Persons Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. The Pre-Trial Chamber has ordered the Accused Persons to be sent for trial and to continue to be held in provisional detention until they are brought before the Trial Chamber. The indictments include charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and murder, torture and religious persecution as defined by the 1956 Cambodian Penal Code.The Co-Investigating Judges issued a Closing Order with the initial indictments of the Accused Persons on 15 September 2010. All four Accused Persons filed appeals against the Closing Order to the Pre-Trial Chamber.The Pre-Trial Chamber found that the appeal filed by Khieu Samphan was inadmissible, whereas the appeals filed by Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith and Nuon Chea were found to be admissible in part. Of the admissible parts, the Pre-Trial Chamber dismissed all the grounds of appeal with two exceptions. First, the Pre-Trial Chamber ordered that the Closing Order be amended with a specification for the requirement of the existence of a link between the underlying acts of crimes against humanity and an armed conflict.Secondly, the Pre-Trial Chamber also found that rape did not exist as a crime against humanity in its own right in the period 1975-1979, but that rape could be considered as “other inhumane acts” within the legal definition of crimes against humanity. The Closing Order was amended accordingly. The Pre-Trial Chamber will issue reasoned decisions on the appeals at a later date

Re-assignment of judges in the Pre-Trial Chamber

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 Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel (France) as new international judge to serve in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Judge Marchi-Uhel, who until this appointment was international reserve judge in the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC, replaces Judge Kathinka Lahuis (Netherlands). Judge Lahuis will now serve as international reserve judge of the Pre-Trial Chamber.  Judge Florence Mumba (Zambia) has been appointed as new reserve judge to the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC. Due to the increase in its workload, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ECCC will now be sitting full time.