12 Oct 2011

Puzzlement over resignation of judge

1:45 pm on 12 October 2011

A New Zealander whose brother was tortured and killed in Cambodia says the decision of a United Nations war crimes judge to resign is bizarre.

Judge Siegfried Blunk from Germany resigned as of 8 October citing interference by the government, which is trying to block further trials of people who may have been involved in atrocities by the Khmer Rouge.

Kerry Hamill was killed in a Phnom Penh prison in 1978, after a yacht he was on strayed into Cambodian waters.

His brother Rob says Judge Blunk's rulings over the past year have been mainly in favour of the regime and it is confusing that he now seems to be making a stand against government interference.