Yim Tith


Ta Tith, Ta 17
Place of birth
Trapeang Kul (or Kol) village, Trapeang Thum (or Thom) commune, Tram Kak district, Takeo province (former Sector 13 of the Southwest Zone) on 30 December 1936
Arrested date
Defence counsel
Mr. SO Mosseny (Cambodia), Ms. Suzana TOMANOVIĆ (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Alleged Position in Democratic Kampuchea
  • Kirivong district member
  • Kirivong district secretary and deputy secretary
  • Sector 13 committee member
  • Sector 13 secretary 
Status of case

20 November 2008: The International Co-Prosecutor issued the Third Introductory Submission. Supplementary submissions were filed on 18 July 2011, 24 April 2014, 4 August 2015 and 20 November 2015.

9 December 2015: The International Co-Investigating Judge charged Yim Tith with crimes under the ECCC’s jurisdiction. The charges were later amended on 29 March 2017.

13 June 2017: The International Co-Investigating Judge reduced the scope of the judicial investigation pursuant to Internal Rule 66 bis. On the same day, the International Co-Investigating Judge notified the parties of the conclusion of the judicial investigation.

28 June 2019: The Co-Investigating Judges issued separate closing orders. The National Co-Investigating Judge dismissed the charges against Yim Tith for lack of personal jurisdiction, while the International Co-Investigating Judge indicted Yim Tith for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and domestic crimes.

17 June 2020: YIM Tith’s Request for Leave to Intervene in Case 004/02 on the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court Chamber

Key indictment allegations
  • Genocide of the Khmer Krom
  • Crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, enslavement, imprisonment, torture, deportation, other inhumane acts (forcible transfer, confinement and working in inhumane conditions, forced marriage), and persecution on political and racial grounds
  • Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 of wilful killing and unlawful transfer or deportation of civilians
  • Violations of the 1956 Penal Code; namely, premeditated homicide

These crimes were allegedly variously committed in the following areas and sites:

  • Southwest Zone (Sector 13): Wat Pratheat Security Centre, Kraing Ta Chan Security Centre, Preil Village Execution Site, Wat Angkun Execution Site, Slaeng Village Forest Execution Site, Prey Sokhon Execution Site and Wat Ang Serei Muny
  • Northwest Zone (Sector 1): Koas Krala Security Centre, Thipakdei Cooperative (including Wat Tipakdei Security Centre and Tuol Mtes Security Centre and Worksite), Kang Hort Dam Worksite, Banan Security Centre, Khnang Kou Security Centre and Kampong Kol Sugar Factory Worksite
  • Northwest Zone (Sector 2): Phum Veal Security Centre, Svay Chrum Security Centre, Tuol Seh Nhauv Execution Site and Prey Krabau Execution Site
  • Northwest Zone (Sector 3): Wat Kirirum Security Centre
  • Northwest Zone (Sector 4): Kampong Prieng Commune (Wat Po Laingka Security Centre, Kach Roteh, Thmei and Sala Trav villages), Keang Kesei Commune, Wat Samdech Security Centre and Keang Kesei Commune
  • Northwest Zone (Sector 7): Prison No. 8 and Veal Bak Chunching Execution Site
Cases Case 004