06 April 2011 by -

Cambodia's UN-backed genocide tribunal is expected to dismiss two new cases against Khmer Rouge suspects in the face of ongoing political pressure, court observers say.

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), dogged by allegations of political interference and strapped for cash, has yet to announce whether it will go ahead with a third and fourth case against five unnamed members of the brutal 1975-1979 regime. 

But court monitors say a decision is expected in the next few weeks.

23 December 2009 by -

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25 November 2009 by -

The Khmer Rouge prison chief accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and premeditated murder will make his final statements to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) this week.  

By Karl Dowling

In attendance at the trial are survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime which killed up to 2 million people between 1975 and 1979.

The trial of former prison chief Kaing Guek Eav - better known as Duch - began in February and a verdict is expected early next year.

28 March 2011 by -

Lawyers for former Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch called for his release on Monday, arguing at an appeal that he was only following orders when he oversaw the deaths of some 15,000 people.

09 May 2011 by -

The international co-prosecutor at Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Monday called for the unnamed suspects in a politically sensitive new Khmer Rouge case to face questioning.

In a written statement, Andrew Cayley urged the co-investigating judges to examine more crime sites and "summon and question the suspects", adding that he felt their alleged crimes "have not been fully investigated".

27 May 2011 by -

Two investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal on Thursday issued a strong denial the UN-backed court was heading for a “crash,” as they faced increasing criticism for their work on controversial Case 003.

29 June 2011 by -

One of the four former Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide challenged the right of Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal to try him Tuesday, saying he already had been convicted of the crime and pardoned.

03 December 2007 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 79

Table of content:

  • Senegal: Heightened pressure for Habre’s trial
  • France: Immunity for Rumsfeld
  • Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia: The curtain rises  on the extraordinary chambers
  • Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: “Assessment” series & ICTY, justice against all

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18 July 2011 by -

Zakaria Bin Ahmad cannot forget the years of horror under the brutal Khmer Rouge when even praying was to risk death for Cambodia's persecuted minority Muslims.

19 July 2004 by Christine Chaumeau

On 15 July the Cambodian national assembly re-elected Prime Minister Hun Sen and endorsed the new coalition government, thus putting an end to a year-long political crisis. This turn of events should help to unblock the vote on the bill to create a court to try the Khmer Rouge leadership for genocide. For the majority of Cambodian observers, the prospect of such a trial does not inspire enthusiasm. It is seen as a sea-snake that has plagued the troubled waters of Cambodian politics for the last seven years, or, in the words of one observer, "a Dracula whose creators want to get rid of it but who survives in spite of the blows struck against it."


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