Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Judges warn Ieng Sary team

Judges warn Ieng Sary team

Judges warn Ieng Sary team

THE co-investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal issued warnings to the lawyers of former Democratic Kampuchea foreign minister Ieng Sary on Thursday.

In the order, posted on the tribunal’s Web site, judges cited three filings made earlier this month by the Ieng Sary defence team, and said defence lawyers Ang Udom and Michael Karnavas were prohibited from conducting their own investigations in the court’s second case, filing on issues already addressed by the judges and publicising filings without authorisation.

If such conduct continues, judges may choose to issue sanctions. According to the court’s internal rules, sanctions may take the form of a referral of the misconduct to the lawyers’ respective bar associations or a ban on their appearances before the court.

Such a ban could be either temporary or permanent, UN court spokesman Lars Olsen said.

In addressing the issue of repetitive filings, the judges noted the need to avoid obstructions in the case.

“The age and health situation of the charged persons … mandates all parties to operate as efficiently as possible,” the order read.

“It is in the interests of justice to maintain judicial economy and not waste the resources dedicated to this judicial process.”

Karnavas said Thursday that his team had merely been requesting information from the co-investigating judges in the filings in question, adding that they had “never sought to circumvent or abuse the rules” of the court.

“We will continue pressing the [Office of the Co-investigating Judges] to the extent we believe is relevant and necessary,” he said. “When transparency is permissible and appropriate, we will not shy away from engaging the public in these historic proceedings.”

MOST VIEWED

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Shipwreck found off coast of Koh Kong

    Royal Cambodian Navy researchers are working to identify a decades-old shipwreck found earlier this month off the coast of Koh Kong province. Divers found the 70-metre-long wreck on April 4 about a mile from Koh Chhlam island, according to Navy officials. Deputy Navy Commander Tea Sokha,