Courtesy Call on Mr. Joe Nakano, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Mr. Motoo Noguchi, Judge of the Supreme Court Chamber of Khmer Rouge Trials
June 15, 2012
On Friday, June 15, from 3:35 PM for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Joe Nakano, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from Mr. Motoo Noguchi, who will resign as an international judge of the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia next month. An overview of the meeting is as follows:
- Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakano stated that the Khmer Rouge trails were important for the Cambodian people as they brought closure to the past and propelled the country toward the future. He also commented that the Supreme Court decision with regard to Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch; life imprisonment), to which Mr. Noguchi contributed as a Supreme Court judge, was significant in terms of being a symbolic step toward the future. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakano then remarked that he highly appreciated Judge Noguchi’s contribution to the Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for the past six years, noting that he had contributed to the human resource development in the judicial field and to the promotion of the rule of law in Cambodia as well.
- In response, Judge Noguchi expressed his appreciation for the past support received from the Government of Japan, stated his belief that the confirmation of facts by the Supreme Court would be fundamental for dialogue among the people of Cambodia, and commented that he had been able to contribute to the realization of justice and national reconciliation. Moreover, Judge Noguchi expressed his wishes to the future prosperity of Cambodia.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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