As the Co-Investigating Judges ordered (by placing 'ORDER' in upper caps for pith) the International Co-Prosecutor to retract his statement regarding Case 003 within 3 working days of the issuance of the CIJs' response to this statement; no matter how the day count is done the deadline for the International CP to comply is today, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Will the International CP back down or will the standoff continue? If it does continue and considered the confrontation between the International CP and the CIJs has entered uncharted waters, what punitive action can the CIJs take if the International CP refuses to comply?
In the frenzy of this confrontation, I believe everyone has all but forgotten about the other half of the ECCC prosecution team, the National CP. As the National CP clearly stated from the outset that she would not participate in the initiation of Cases 003 and 004 and provided one or both of these cases are given a go-ahead by the CIJs (it is not looking this way now but anything is possible), what will the role of the National CP be in their regard? Will she sit these ones out?