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Tribunal Officials: Allegations against Khmer Rouge Leaders To Be Made in January or February

Posted by khmernews on December 13, 2006

Phnom Penh: officials of the Extraordinary Chamber in the Court of Cambodia still hoped that allegations against Khmer Rouge leaders is going to be made in January or February 2007 although the Human Rights Watch accused the Cambodian government of interfering in business of tribunal which led the tribunal into postponement.
Ms. Helen Javis, the Director of ECCC Public Relation Unit, told Rasmei Kampuchea on 6 December that Cambodian and international judicial officers have continued to meet each other to find a breakthrough in these problems. “We hope that the allegation will be made in January or February, and the process of tribunal will start a few months later – before June 2007,” she added. “We have not yet changed the schedule.”

On 5 December, the Human Rights Watch accused the Cambodian government of interfering in business of the Khmer Rouge tribunal. It further said that the Cambodian government had to stop interfering in the mixed tribunal for prosecuting crimes committed by senior Khmer Rouge leaders and whom most responsible for the crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime. It added that acting to instructions from the government officers, Cambodian judicial officers attending a week-long plenary session meeting between Cambodian and international judicial officers delayed adoption of tribunal’s internal rules.

Mr. Brad Adams, the Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, said, “The adoption of internal rules is crucial to ensure that the tribunal adheres to international fair trial standards and impartial interpretation of Cambodian law. Many of Khmer Rouge leaders are getting old and increasingly frail, but until the internal rules are adopted, the prosecution and trial cannot move forward. The political interference has brought the whole process in a screeching halt.”

However, Ms. Helen Javis asserted that there has been no evidence supporting the accusation made by the Human Rights Watch.

On 25 November, the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia issued a joint statement, saying that national and international court officers did not succeed in adoption of internal rules of the Khmer Rouge tribunal; however, they will try their utmost to find a solution to the disagreement.

Extracted from: Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol. 14, #4152, Thursday 7 December 2006.

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