Co-Chairs of ECCC Friends’ Group Call on All Stakeholders to Urgently Fulfill Their Responsibility
AKP Phnom Penh, August 06, 2019 —
The Japanese and French Embassies, co-chairs of the ECCC friends’ group, have appealed to all stakeholders to urgently fulfill their responsibility, following the recent death of Nuon Chea, a former senior Khmer Rouge leader.
“The Japanese and French Embassies, co-chairs of the ECCC friends’ group, have learned of the death of Nuon Chea, former Chairman of the Democratic Kampuchea People’s Assembly, who was on trial at the ECCC. We regret to see the accused passing away before the end of the whole proceedings,” said a joint statement released this evening.
“More than ever, it is urgent that every stakeholder of the ECCC fulfills its responsibility so that the trial of the remaining co-accused proceed in a fair, efficient and expeditious manner and that overdue justice be realised in Cambodia,” it underlined.
Defendant Nuon Chea, 93, passed away on Aug. 4, 2019 at Khmer Soviet Friendship hospital in Phnom Penh.
Nuon Chea, born on July 7, 1926, was Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, a member of the Standing Committee and Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, and Chairman of the Democratic Kampuchea People’s Assembly.
He was arrested on Sept. 19, 2007 and was on trials before the ECCC on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Nuon Chea was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment in Case 002/01 on Aug. 7, 2014. On Nov. 23, 2016, the Supreme Court Chamber quashed part of the convictions, but affirmed the life imprisonment imposed by the Trial Chamber.
On Nov. 16, 2018, Nuon Chea was convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 in Case 002/02 alongside Khieu Samphan. The Trial Chamber merged the life sentences imposed in Case 002/01 and Case 002/02 to form a single life sentence against Nuon Chea.
By C. Nika