ECCC Press Release
Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Judge BAIK Kang Jin (Republic of Korea) as new International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He replaces judge Rowan Downing (Australia) who resigned earlier this year.
Judge BAIK most recently served as a judge at the Seoul High Court. From 2013 he has served as a special commissioner of the Presidential Council on Intellectual Property, and as a non-standing commissioner of Korean Government Personal Information Protection Commission since 2013. Judge BAIK was first appointed as a judge in 1994, and he has presided over a number of criminal cases in three different District Courts in his home country. Judge BAIK graduated from Seoul National University, College of Law in 1992. He obtained an LLM from George Washington University Law School in 2004 and completed a SJD program with Seoul National University Law School in 2010.
Professor Michael Bohlander (Germany) has been appointed as new Reserve International Co-Investigating Judge, replacing Judge Olivier Beauvallet (France) who was appointed as International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber earlier this year. Professor Bohlander is currently Chair in Comparative and International Criminal Law at Durham Law School, where he has been a professor since 2004. From 1991 to 2004 Professor Bohlander served as trial and appellate judge in criminal and civil matters in the courts of the East German Free State of Thuringia, in the transitional stage after German unification in 1990. From 1999 until 2001 he served as a Senior Legal Officer of a Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Professor Bohlander holds a doctorate of law from Saarland University, where he also obtained his law degree.
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Statement by the Co-Investigating Judges
On 2 June 2015, the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued a decision dismissing the allegations against Sou Met, who was named as a suspect in the second introductory submission filed by the Acting International Co-Prosecutor on 7 September 2009.
The Co-Investigating Judges concluded that the death of Sou Met extinguished the criminal allegations against him. Determination on the criminal responsibility for the crimes alleged in the introductory submission will be made at the time of the issuance of the closing order pursuant to Internal Rule 67.
In order to keep the public sufficiently informed of essential developments in the proceedings while maintaining the confidentiality of the case file, the Co-Investigating Judges have decided to make a redacted version of the decision public, pursuant to Internal Rule 56 (2).
The redacted decision is available on the ECCC website:
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