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German judge resigns from Cambodia tribunal

Last Updated: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 13:27

Phnom Penh: A German judge responsible for indictments of Khmer Rouge war crimes suspects at Cambodia`s UN-backed tribunal has resigned, alleging government interference into the investigation of new cases.

Judge Siegfried Blunk had come under fire from rights groups for failing to investigate new suspects for the court. The tribunal is seeking justice for 1.7 million people who died during the communist Khmer Rouge`s 1970s rule.

Last week, Human Rights Watch called for Blunk to resign for failing to conduct genuine and impartial investigations into suspects beyond one convicted last year and four others set for trial.
Blunk said in a statement on Monday that he was resigning because of "attempted interference by government officials”.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 13:27

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