The United Nations has named a new special expert to advise the Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia.
David Scheffer, the former US ambassador-at-large for war crime issues, is ”very well qualified to provide expert advice”, the UN said in a statement released on Wednesday.
He replaces Clint Williamson, whose term expired on September 30, 2011.
The UN-backed genocide court is seeking justice for almost two million deaths under the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.
Mr. Scheffer was involved in the establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, said the UN statement. He also helped set up the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
In November 2011, three top Khmer Rouge leaders, Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary, went on trial for crimes committed during the regime’s rule.