March 20th, 2012
02:04 AM ET

2nd international judge resigns from court trying Khmer Rouge crimes

An international judge has resigned from the special court set up in Cambodia to try people accused of committing atrocities under the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, saying his Cambodian counterpart was obstructing efforts to investigate cases.

The resignation by Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, announced Monday, is the second departure of an international judge from the court in the past six months amid tensions with local officials.

His predecessor, Siegfried Blunk, resigned as international co-investigating judge in October, complaining that statements by Cambodian government ministers about two of the court's cases threatened to undermine proceedings.

Those same two cases, known as Cases 003 and 004, are at the heart of the dispute between Kasper-Ansermet and You Bunleng, the national co-investigating judge for the court.

"Judge You Bunleng's active opposition to investigations into Cases 003 and 004 has led to a dysfunctional situation," Kasper-Ansermet said in a statement attributed to him on the court's website.

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  1. High Hopes

    Unbelibable that "judges" can't concentrate on cases of crimes against humanity or, maybe, they just don't care??? Smells fishy...

    March 20, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    i'm sure there are people in the government there who were involved.. if i recall right, it was government troops.. not insurgents or anything..

    March 20, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. first hand knowledge

    Lived in Cambodia for 1 1/2 years, returned December 2011. CORRUPTION is the main cause of everything there. I am sure there is some link between a rich family or governemnt official and they are PAYING someone to stop cooperation. It's the Cambodian way!!!! Poor Cambodia, everyone gives them aide but they do NOTHING for their own people!!

    April 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |