Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Court closes investigation of Yim Tith

Court closes investigation of Yim Tith

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Yim Tith (left), alias “Ta Tith”, and his wife Ung Ken pose for a photo in 2011. DC-CAM

Court closes investigation of Yim Tith

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has closed its investigation into Yim Tith, who stands charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, breaches of the Geneva Conventions and homicide, a notice yesterday said.

Now a wealthy businessman, Tith was a mid-level commander in Pol Pot’s regime. His alleged crimes were carried out in the Southwest and Northwest zones. He was charged in 2015 as part of the contentious Case 004.

Court spokeswoman Hayat Abu-Saleh said parties have 15 days to request further investigative action and then “the case file will go to the prosecutor, who will take [an estimated] three months to submit their final submission and that gets filed to the co-investigating judges”.

A closing order, which decides whether to indict or dismiss the case, is due in 2018, she said. The prosecution and defence did not respond to requests for comment.

The government-opposed cases 003 and 004 have been dogged by claims of political interference, and in May, the co-investigators suggested a permanent stay of proceedings due to a lack of funds, a reason questioned by observers.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be