Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cambodian government provides $1.8 million to Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Is the result of the meeting HUN Sen Ban Ki- Moon in Brunei.

News Desk
The Cambodia Herald
Publication Date : 14-10-2013 

The Cambodian government has provided $1.8 million to the Khmer Rouge war crimes court to pay for the salaries of the national staff until the end of 2013. 

The funds were allocated following a request by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen after the Asean Summit on Thursday in Brunei. 

The UN-backed Tribunal will continue to try case 002 of brother number Two, Nuon Chea, 87, and former head of state, Khieu Samphan, 82, for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. 

Established in 2006, this hybrid court had already achieved a conviction in case 001, sentencing former prison chief Kaing Gech Eav, alias Duch, to life in prison for overseeing the deaths of around 15,000 people tortured and killed in Tuol Sleng prison. 

Since its establishment, the tribunal has frequently run out of funds. The court had already spent $173.3 million in which $42.1 million was given to the national side and $131.2 million was used by the international side.

The goal of the tribunal is seek justice for the deaths of up to two million people under the brutal communist Khmer Rouge regime during the mid to late 1970s.

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