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Tribunal Prosecutor Replacement Delayed

[Editor's note: corrected version]

Officials at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal say a new permanent international prosecutor to replace Robert Petit, who resigned his post as international prosecutor earlier this year, will not be available to start Sept. 1. A temporary international prosecutor will be appointed for the interim period.

Petit had been instrumental in the initial stages of the tribunal, as five former leaders of the regime were arrested and prepared for trial.

He had been a proponent for indictments for more Khmer Rouge leaders beyond the five already in detention, but met with resistance from his Cambodian counterpart, Chea Leang, who has argued that more indictments could destabilize the country.

Petit, who is from Canada, left the tribunal for personal reasons, earlier this month.

Lars Olsen, a legal officer for tribunal, told reporters Wednesday it had been “clear” since the nomination that a new candidate for the permanent position would not be moved into his place by Sept. 1.