Chinese judge named to ICTY

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 10, 2000 -- (Reuters) China's ambassador to Jamaica, Liu Daqun, has been appointed to a judgeship on the international war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, a U.N. spokesman said on Thursday.

Liu will complete the unfinished term, until Nov. 16, 2001, of another Chinese judge, Wang Tieya, who has resigned for health reasons, the spokesman said.

Liu, a former professor of international law, was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan with the concurrence of the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly.

The war-crimes tribunal was established in 1993 to try people accused of atrocities in Yugoslavia since 1991, when the former federation began to break up amid bloody conflict.

It originally consisted of two trial chambers, each with three judges, and a five-judge appeals chamber. But the Security Council later added another three-judge trial chamber because of the heavy caseload.

The tribunal was the first international court to try alleged war criminals since the trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo after the World War II.

A similar tribunal was established in 1994 to deal with war crimes committed in Rwanda, where up to 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in genocidal massacres that year. It is based in Arusha, Tanzania.

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