Annan Submits KR Tribunal Nominees to PM

UN Secretary-General Kofi An­nan has submitted a list of 12 international judges and legal experts to Prime Minister Hun Sen as nominees to serve on the Khmer Rouge tri­­bunal, the UN announced late Wed­nesday.

The list includes seven nominees for the five international judge positions in the Khmer Rouge trial and ap­­peals court.

The Supreme Council of Ma­gis­tracy will select the final judges and prosecutors from Annan’s list.

A UN statement said Annan has ask­ed Hun Sen to now transmit the list of Cambodian judge and prose­cu­tor nominees to the Supreme Council for selection.

Khmer Rouge tribunal press officer Reach Sambath said Thursday that the tribunal would decide wheth­er to make the list public at a later date. “Right now we consider it a private matter,” he said.

Reach Sambath said it will be up to the Supreme Council of Magis­tra­cy to determine when it will release the final list.

“Everyone wants to see this trial hap­pen as soon as possible,” he said, adding that tribunal staff expect the selection will be made by May.

Supreme Council of Magistracy mem­ber and Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said once the Cam­bo­dian nominees are forwarded from the tribunal task force, the council will move quickly.

“It will not be long, it can’t be de­layed for a long time,” he said.

Youk Chhang, director of the Doc­umentation Center of Cam­bo­dia, said he was not concerned about the list of nominees being kept secret for now.

He added that there are no shortage of Cambodians qualified to serve on the tribunal, but that many may not want to.

“Due to the highly sensitive na­ture of the trial and because they are comfortable in the current positions, many may not want to,” he said.



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