A new international investigating judge has been appointed to the United Nations-backed war crimes court in Cambodia, following the resignations of two predecessors to the position in less than a year.
Mark Harmon, a former US federal prosecutor who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for 17 years, was approved as international co-investigating judge at the Khmer Rouge tribunal by Cambodia's Supreme Council of the Magistracy (SCM) on June 20, the court said in a statement released on Monday.
"The United Nations is in the process of making the necessary arrangements for Mr. Harmon's deployment to Phnom Penh," the statement read. "His deployment will enable the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to continue the critical task of pursuing accountability for the crimes committed during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime."
The ECCC is a hybrid court staffed by both national and international personnel.
ECCC legal communications officer Lars Olsen told DW that there was no confirmed date for Harmon's arrival.