Ao An Ruling Leaves Khmer Rouge Tribunal In Prolonged Uncertainty

Former Khmer Rouge member Ao An last week said he agreed with the national judges at the pre-trial chambers of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal that his charges should be dropped, which was contrary to the decision handed out by their international counterparts.

The pre-trial chamber of the hybrid court was split in its decision on whether to uphold the indictment against Ao An, who was a regional deputy commander in the Khmer Rouge regime. The three national judges asked for the charges to be dropped and the two international judges called for the case to proceed to trial.

The chamber was ruling on appeals filed in relation to contrary rulings made by the co-investigating judges in 2018, where again the national judge called for the case to be closed and the international judge ruled that the case should proceed to trial.

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