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Samphân Khieu

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Court Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, Cambodia
Case number 002/19-09-2007-ECCC-OCIJ
Decision title Notice of Conclusion of Judicial Investigation
Decision date 14 January 2010
  • Samphân Khieu
Categories Crimes against humanity, Genocide, War crimes
Keywords crimes against humanity, deportation, extermination, genocide, imprisonment, inhumane acts, Murder, persecution, torture, war crimes
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Procedural history

On 19 November 2007, Samphân Khieu was placed under detention and charged by the ECCC for crimes against humanity (murder, extermination, imprisonment, persecution and other inhumane acts) and war crimes (willful killing, causing great suffering, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a civilian).

On 14 January 2010, the Co-Investigating Judges of the ECCC concluded their investigation against former Khmer Rouge leaders including Samphân Khieu.

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Related developments

On 15 September 2010, Samphân Khieu was indicted on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide committed against the Cham Muslims and Vietnamese populations of Cambodia. Furthermore, Samphân Khieu will face charges under the 1956 Cambodian Criminal Code. The case is currently on trial. The initial hearing in the trial was held 27-30 June 2011, and the substantive part of the trial commenced with opening statements on 21 November 2011.

The Court documents can be found here.

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Legally relevant facts

Samphân Khieu was the Head of State (Chairman of the State Presidium), leader within the Centre Political Office (Office 870) and member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK). He allegedly directed, encouraged or enforced the CPK policy between April 1975 and January 1979 characterized by murder, extermination, imprisonment, persecution and other inhumane acts such as forcible transfers of the population, enslavement and forced labour.

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Additional materials

Website of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia