Foreign judges in Khmer Rouge genocide trial may step down over procedures Gabriel Haboubi at 7:39 AM ET
[JURIST] Some non-Cambodian judges involved in the multinational Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide trials may resign because of a protracted dispute over procedural rules among the various jurists overseeing the upcoming tribunal, the International Herald Tribune reported Thursday. Tribunal judges convened in November to establish court rules for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] scheduled to begin trials for surviving Khmer Rouge leaders in mid-2007, but they failed to agree [JURIST report] on the Draft Internal Rules [text, PDF] and delayed making a final decision. The complexities of the rules come from proposed checks and balances that would allow the foreign and Cambodian judges to veto each others decisions. One provision currently under dispute does not contain such a check, and allows an indictment to move forward with only the foreign judges approval.
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