Supreme Court Terminate the Case Against Ao An Before ECCC

AKP Phnom Penh, August 11, 2020 —

The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) yesterday terminated the case against Ao An before the Extraordinary Chambers, according to an ECCC’s press release.

Following the International Co-Prosecutor’s “Immediate Appeal of the Trial Chamber’s Effective Termination of Case 004/2”, the Supreme Court Chamber addressed the arguments raised by the International Co-Prosecutor in yesterday’s decision. The Supreme Court Chamber considered that: “Notwithstanding agreement in relation to the great number of victims in the central zone” of Democratic Kampuchea, “there was no agreement after thirteen years of investigation that AO An was within the jurisdiction of the [ECCC]”.

In dismissing the International Co-Prosecutor’s appeal, the Supreme Court Chamber held that: “In the absence of a definite and enforceable indictment, the case against AO An is hereby terminated before the ECCC,” it added.

Ao An, also called Ta An, was a Deputy Secretary in the Central Zone of Democratic Kampuchea during the Pol Pot dictatorship between 1975 and 1979. He was allegedly involved the death of thousands of civilians, killings of Cham Muslims. The international Co-Prosecutor of the ECCC requested to investigate him since 2009.

By Heng Panha