Second Lawyer Appointed to Represent Im Chaem

A British lawyer has been assigned to represent Im Chaem, a suspect in the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Case 004.

In a statement released by the court Tuesday, John R. W. D. Jones was named as the foreign lawyer who will work alongside Cambodian lawyer Bit Seanglim, who was retained by Im Chaem in December.

“Mr. Jones is a London-based barrister specializing in war crimes, counter-terrorism and extradition,” the statement said. Im Chaem, one of three suspects in Case 004, has been accused of coordinating purges in the Northwest Zone during the Khmer Rouge era.

Long Panhavuth, a court monitor at the Cambodia Justice Initiative, said he welcomed the news, but called for the suspects to be granted access to the case file outlining the allegations against them. In a separate statement, the court said the Norwegian government has pledged $1 million to the court.

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