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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Tweeting judge’s cyber diary [new judge will not allow political interferences?]

Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Bridget Di Certo
Photo by: ECCC
Co-investigating judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet of Switzerland in this undated file photo.

Judge’s tweets

October 13
#Cambodia #KhmerRouge National Co-investigative Judge is “resolved to resist to any attempt to interfere into his works from any source”.

October 13
#KhmerRouge Ministry of foreign affairs: the Royal Government of Cambodia has the primary duty to protect peace and national reconciliation”day.

October 12
ind.pn/pGLuX3 #UN : the #Krtribunal has to proceed “without interference from any entity, including the Royal Government of Cambodia”

October 4
bit.ly/nrW3nA #KhmerRouge #HumanRights Co-investigating judges “have egregiously violated their legal and judicial duties” #UN
Oct 4

September 4
bit.ly/nCZLi7 #KhmerRouge : Officials for Japan and France say they want to see proceedings toward a trial of #Case002 advance”

June 17
http://bit.ly/muuaeq “UN had failed to address major questions requesting the credibility of the court” #KhmerRouge #HumanRights #Cambodia”
Phnom Penh Post

Many have asked: “WHY isn’t the Khmer Rouge tribunal going after more bad guys?”

It’s a question on the mind of new tribunal Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet – or at least was on August 21 when he retweeted an article asking exactly that.

In the wake of German judge Siegfried Blunk’s shock resignation, his successor – who has yet to assume office – is set to dive straight into the crisis of credibility now engulfing the tribunal. That crisis, and the importance of the United

Nations in negotiating a resolution, is something that Kasper-Ansermet’s twitter feed shows him to be keenly aware of.

The Swiss judge, who appears to have opened the twitter account on May 17, frequently retweets civil society statements about the tribunal, including links to Open Society Justice Initiative and Human Rights Watch reports, including a recent HRW report calling for the resignation of co-investigating judges Blunk and You Bunleng.

The twitter feed provides a rare insight into the interests of Kasper-Ansermet, who appears to be an avid monitor of anti-corruption civil society movements such as those seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the recent Occupy Wall Street protests.

“What’s your answer about criticism (OSJI) for UN handling of a controversial case at the #KhmerRouge Tribunal? #asktheSG #Cambodia,” he tweeted on September 13, referring to an OSJI report criticising the lack of UN activity in response to continued allegations of political interference in the tribunal’s work.

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