Jailed Khmer Rouge president Khieu Samphan is sorting
through a list of replacement defense lawyers, following the resignation of his
Cambodian defense, officials said Thursday.
"We are in the process of seeking a new lawyer,"
said Rupert Skilbeck, head of the tribunal's defense section. "We have a
list which contains about 50 Cambodian lawyers, and so we are looking at the
Cambodian lawyer Say Bory announced he would resign as
defense last week, citing health concerns.
Khieu Samphan, 76, faces charges of war crimes and crimes
Khieu Samphan "is already looking at the list, and so we
will assist him to make his choice," Skilbeck said.
No hearing has been set yet by the pre-trial chamber of
judges, and no further delays are expected, Skilbeck said.
"The judges declared previously that they will finish
the case soon, around September or October," tribunal spokesman Reach
Sambath said. "So far, Khieu Samphan's case will be held during that time,
if nothing changes."
"Khieu Samphan is choosing [his lawyer], but he has not
decided yet," Say Bory said Thursday. "Maybe tomorrow, or very, very