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ECCC Optimistic With Financial Proposal

Posted by khmernews on February 25, 2008

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Phnom Penh: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has expressed its optimism that the United Nations will be able to find the budget of $170 million needed for the process of the court in 3 years.
ECCC Spokesman Reach Sambath said February 12 that an appeal for funds was launched in New York on January 31, 2008 to the member states of the UN to donate the ECCC the needed amount of $170 million for 3 years from July 10, 2006 to March 2008. The UN will divide up the budget amongst its member to raise the money, he added.

“After the appeal, we are optimistic that members of the UN will donate enough funds as proposed to make the Khmer Rouge tribunal to proceed to reach its accomplishment,” said Reach Sambath.

However, only the sum of $124.3 million will be raised as $56.3 million has already been spent.

The royal government of Cambodia has contributed $5.2 million to the expenditure.

This work cannot be done without the cooperation from the government because it has provided buildings for the ECCC, judicial police for security, and other members of staff.

So far, the ECCC has been trying to look for more funds for its process. This makes the general public observe it carefully.

Nuon Chea’s verdict to be released next week

Reach Sambath said that the verdict of the appeal hearings of Nuon Chea, former president of Democratic Kampuchea People’s Representative Assembly, against the order of provisional detention will be released next week. Nuon Chea, through his national and international lawyers, has appealed for bail after the Khmer Rouge tribunal arrested him on September 19, 2007 and placed him under detention. Nuon Chea has used his fragile health condition, old age, and permanent address as the grounds for appeal.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Rasmei Kampuchea, vol. 16, #4514, Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

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