ECCC Appoints Foreign Co-Lawyer For Nuon Chea
Posted by khmernews on October 24, 2007
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) released a statement on October 18, 2007 to appoint a foreign Co-Lawyer for Nuon Chea.
“Nuon Chea has today chosen Mr Michiel Pestman of the Netherlands to act as his foreign Co-Lawyer alongside Cambodian Co-Lawyer Son Arun,” wrote the statement. Mr Pestman has been a member of the Bar in Amsterdam since 1994. He has a practice that covers criminal law in both the domestic and international courts. From 1993-2001 he was a member of the team representing Bosnia and Herzegovina before the international Court of Justice in their action against Serbia for genocide. From 2003 he has represented Moinina Fofana before the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the trial against the government militia leaders, who last week was sentenced to six years imprisonment for war crimes. His domestic cases involve defending those accused of terrorism and other serious criminal offences in Europe and elsewhere. He lectures on international law at the University of Amsterdam.
“I am looking forward to working with my Co-Lawyer Mr Son Arun and the other members of the team to represent Nuon Chea. I will do everything that I can to ensure that our client recieves a fair trial. It is essential that he has a proper defence,” stated Mr Pestman.
His application to be registered with the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia was filed on October 18.
-Extracted from Sralanh Khmer, Vol. 03, #529, Friday, October 19, 2007.