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25 August 2010 by -

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01 November 2010 by -

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said last week it would be up to Cambodia’s UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to decide whether or not to start a third trial.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Ban’s statement came a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen told him in Phnom Penh that a second Khmer Rouge war crimes trial, due to start early next year, would be the last and “case three is not allowed” because it could plunge the country back into civil war.

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11 November 2010 by -

Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal should press on with new cases against former Khmer Rouge leaders or risk a "legacy of impunity," says a trial-monitoring group.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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22 January 2007 by -

Since January 15, five Cambodian and four international judges have once again been discussing the internal rules for the Extraordinary Chambers within the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in an attempt to resolve the issues that prevented the rules from being adopted at the end of November 2006 [IJT-57- 58]. Failure to adopt the rules led to an outcry by civil society for "politicizing the issue." By the end of January, the ECCC is expected to announce the date of the next plenary assembly, which will likely be held in March.

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25 August 2010 by -

Prosecutors of the first Khmer Rouge commander to face a UN-backed trial have appealed against his prison sentence for being too lenient. They claim that “undue weight” was placed on mitigating circumstances.

Judges in the trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found Kaing Guek Eav guilty of murder, torture, rape, crimes against humanity and other charges as chief of S-21 camp in the 1970s. The 67-year-old, also known as Comrade Duch, oversaw up to 14,000 deaths in Cambodia. In a statement prosecutors said:

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14 July 2010 by -

Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - alias Duch - has sacked his international lawyer just weeks before the verdict in his war crimes trial.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Duch cited “loss of confidence” in his decision to dismiss his French lawyer Francois Roux as counsel at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

During the closing arguments of Duch’s 77-day trial in November, Duch’s Cambodian lawyer Kar Savuth split with Roux by supporting their client’s change of plea and request for acquittal and release.

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02 November 2010 by -

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19 October 2010 by -

Prosecutors at the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Tuesday demanded an increased sentence of life imprisonment for a former Khmer Rouge prison chief convicted of crimes against humanity.

Kaing Guek Eav was sentenced in July to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of over 12,000 people in the late 1970s, reduced to 30 years on the grounds that he had been detained illegally for years before the tribunal was established.

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04 December 2006 by -

Meeting in plenary at the end of November, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) failed to adopt its internal rules within the self-imposed timeframe [IJT-57]. Only about 30 of the 110 articles under discussion were adopted.

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05 May 2008 by -

On April 25, auditors from Deloitte concluded that the human resources management of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is "robust and ready to take on the challenges of the next phase of operations".

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