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25 May 2011 by Jared Ferrie

Cambodia’s troubled tribunal has suffered further setbacks in recent weeks as a series of public disputes pitted officials against one another. The spats escalated quickly and dramatically with co-prosecutors issuing opposing statements and investigative judges reportedly threatening the international co-prosecutor with contempt of court.

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13 April 2011 by Thierry Cruvellier

March 28: The first time the appeals bench of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) appears in public session. The learned assembly of nine judges, sitting behind eighteen flat computer screens, curves like a spine.

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21 June 2011 by Jared Ferrie

Thirty-two years after the fall of one of the 20th century’s bloodiest regimes, a tribunal in Cambodia will begin trying the four most senior Khmer Rouge leaders still alive. But the trial commences under a cloud of controversy, with observers questioning the UN-backed court’s independence.

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02 March 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The former Serbian police chief, Vlastimir Djordjevic, 62, stood in silence and blinked as presiding Judge Kevin Parker passed sentence. Twenty-seven years in prison for participation in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) whose aim was to change the ethnic balance in Kosovo, where Albanians make up a 90-percent majority. 

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09 December 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

“Do I infer that the accused is seeking an acquittal?” asked Judge Cartwright.
“I did say that. Release means an acquittal,” responded Cambodian defence counsel Kar Savuth.

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23 December 2009 by Jared Ferrie

In the shade of trees draping over the schoolyard, 3,000 students sit on sheets of newspaper, in crisp white shirts and black skirts or slacks. They wait patiently for the ceremony to end, then teachers walk between the neat rows handing out textbooks – the first in Cambodia’s history to document the Khmer Rouge in detail.

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16 September 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

Victims attending the trial of Kaing Guek Eav – a.k.a. Duch – were outraged when, on August 27th, the court’s trial chamber challenged their participation in the final phase of the trial.

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16 September 2009 by Thierry Cruvellier

No more than ten former members of the Khmer Rouge will be prosecuted before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). On September 7th, the interim international co-prosecutor William Smith submitted to the office of the co-investigating judges what he said were his final requests for investigation. They relate to five individuals, charged in two separate submissions, thus adding to the five people already prosecuted in 2007.

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18 February 2008 by -

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) plan to spend nearly $170 million to try eight defendants, a process they anticipate could take until March 2011. This January 30 budget estimate represents a sizeable increase from the ECCC's initial three-year $56.3 million budget. This new provisional budget foresees an international contribution of $134.3 million and a Cambodian contribution of $35.4 million. Foreign donors, still stung by management and corruption scandals uncovered in 2007 [IJT-75], seem to be balking.

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05 May 2008 by -

"The defense of Mr. Khieu Samphan is not possible," exclaimed French attorney Jacques Vergès before reporters, leaving a closed hearing at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on April 23 in a dramatic flurry.

"This detention is illegal," he added. Vergès is refusing to cooperate with the Khmer Rouge tribunal until the 16,000 pages of evidence against his client, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, are translated into French. Vergès and Samphan met while Samphan, now 76, was studying in Paris in the 1950s.

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