Mr Rob Hamill

Rob Hamill, a New Zealand Olympian rower, was an active Civil Party in Case 001 and gave civil party testimony against the accused, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who was convicted for his role as Chief of S-21, the high-school-turned-torture-centre, the subject of the trial in Case 001.  Rob lost his brother, Kerry Hamill, to the Khmer Rouge, as Kerry’s boat was captured off the coast of Cambodia by Khmer Rouge navy gunmen in 1977, and Kerry and his companions were taken to S21 in Phnom Penh, where they were interrogated, tortured, forced to sign confessions, and ultimately executed.

Rob was also admitted as a Civil Party in Case 002 against senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

In the very contentious Case 003, following appeals, and upon proof of harm being linked with matters within the scope of judicial investigations – and following multiple appeals – Rob has ultimately also been admitted as a Civil Party.   His appeal uncovered a number of procedural irregularities supporting inferences of political interference in Case 003 (and potentially, also Case 004).

Access the ECCC webpage on the appeal here. or access the PDF file here.

Case 003 has not proceeded past the investigation phase, and in late 2012, a new Co-investigating Judge, Mark Harmon, commenced office, following the resignation of the previous International Co-Investigating Judge, Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, in mid 2012.  Prior to Judge Kasper-Ansermet, Judge Siegfried Blunk, in 2011, and Marcel Le Monde, in 2010, also resigned.

A film, “Brother Number One” (watch the trailer here) has been produced, as a documentary of Rob’s quest to uncover the fate of his brother at S21.  The documentary plays with the title to which Pol Pot was referred during the Khmer Rouge years – “Brother Number One”.

Selected Rob Hamill stories. click here for a complete list of Rob Hamill stories.

  • Documentary film screening: Brother number one New Zealander, Rob Hamill will be doing a film screening tour of his documentary, “Brother Number One” in Sydney and Canberra. Sydney Event on 10 March 2015, 5.30 – 7pm at UNSW (Staff Common Room, Level 2, Law School). RSVP Essential Canberra Event on 11 March 2015, 6 – 8.30pm at ANU (Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull ...
  • Hamill Seeks Extension for Civil Party Appeal By Douglas Gillison, The Cambodia Daily 25 May 2012. Lawyers for the New Zealand rower Rob Hamill are seeking an extended deadline in their appeal to have him admitted as a civil party in Khmer Rouge investigations that are opposed by the government. Civil party applications by Mr Hamill, whose elder brother Kerry was murdered by ...
  • Hamill Given Access to Khmer Rouge File Stuff New Zealand/Sunday Star Times, 29 February 2012, by Michael Daly Rob Hamill: a decision granting him civil party status in the Cambodian war crimes trial of Khmer Rouge commanders he holds responsible for the death of his brother Kerry is a huge breakthrough. That decision should have given him access to the case file, but that ...
  • Hamill Granted Civil Party Status By Bridget Di Certo, Phnom Penh Post 28 February 2012. Reserve international Co-Investigating Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet has wiped the decision of his predecessor, Siegfried Blunk, and Cambodian counterpart and awarded prominent victim advocate Rob Hamill of New Zealand civil party status in Case 003. The decision paves the way for more civil party applications from victims of ...
  • Hamill’s Lawyers on Warpath By Thomas Miller Phnom Post 21 July 2011. Attorneys for former Olympic rower Rob Hamill have appealed against what they described as an “absolutely shocking” decision by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s co-investigating judges to reject his application for civil-party status in the court’s controversial third case. Civil party lawyer Lyma Nguyen said in a statement yesterday the ...