Monday, 30.4.2007: The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia Decreases Fees for Foreign Lawyers Participating in Khmer Rouge Tribunal to US$500

Posted on 1 May 2007. Filed under: Week 506 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 506

“Phnom Penh: The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia decided to agree to decrease the registration fees for foreign defense lawyers in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to $500.

“Mr. Nou Tharith, the Deputy Secretary-General and spokesperson of the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia, said on 28 April that the meeting led by Mr. Ky Tech on the evening of 27 April decided that foreign lawyers defending anybody in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal have to pay only once $500.

“The spokesperson added that $500 is to be paid when a lawyer registers as a professional at the tribunal. He said that all foreign lawyers must implement the laws and conditions of the Cambodian Bar Association.

“He explained, ‘We have many reasons for the decrease of the fees:

  1. The serious wish of the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia to see the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to start to work soon.
  2. To break the deadlock caused by some circles that blocks the adoption of the internal rules.
  3. Respecting negotiations with Japan, by respecting the rights of each side as partners of a long-term cooperation.

“Mr. Nou Tharith also stated that the decision for the decrease of the fees is not because the any pressure by national or international circles. The Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia is an independent professional organization. It is an independent institution. It is not a satellite of any organization or group.

“Previously, the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia had requested foreign lawyers to pay $500 as a registration fees, additionally $2,000 when they take responsibility for a defense case, and further $200 every month. These previously requested fees caused controversy among international judges and civil society organizations, with the assumption that the request would negatively affect the adoption of the internal rules for the court, and therefore for the process of finding justice at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

“However, at a meeting on 27 April of more than four hours, the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia with Mr. Ky Tech as its President, decided to decrease all fees to US$500. The decrease of fees is considered as the opening of a way for the Khmer Rouge court to start.

Mr. Reach Sambath, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal spokesperson, stated, ‘It is happy news. We now wait for the official information about the decrease of fees for national and international judges.’

“He said, ‘When the international judges will get this positive news, we will provide this information also to the public.’ He added, ‘In general, we are optimistic about everything for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, that it will be conducted as we expected.’

“Mr. Koul Panha, the Executive Director of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, expressed the opinion that the will of the Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia to find a compromise by decreasing the fees is good. He hopes that the Khmer Rouge Tribunal can go ahead.

“Mr. Monh Saphan, a [Funcinpec] parliamentarian, said that the fact that the Cambodian Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia has a common will to decrease the fees, is a good model to help to push the court to start soon.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4271, 29-30.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 30 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1326, 29-30.4.2007

  • Cambodia to Extend Labor Market
  • Vietnamese Man, Who Provides Food to Girls for Sex Exploitation, Is Arrested [Phnom Penh]
  • Chechen Rebels Shoot Down Russian Military Helicopter

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #264, 28-30.4.2007

  • Khmer Journalists Asks for Standardization of Jayavarman VII Sculptures

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6026, 30.4.2007

  • US Praises Organization of Commune and Subdistrict Elections

Meatophum, Vol.51, #641, 30.4.2007

  • Four Thai Helicopters Land to Check the Choam Srangam Border [without cooperation with Cambodian side – Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3145, 30.4.2007

  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Prime Minister Wants 1,000,000 Hectares of Khmer Land for Rubber Plantation, Malaysia Also Wants Land for Palm Oil Plantation
  • Khmer Trees and Pailin Rubies Are Not Small Fish or Small Crabs [responding to Hun Sen who said he can feed Cambodian people by catching small fish and small crabs, and all the more with income from oil]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4271, 29-30.4.2007

  • The Bar Association of Kingdom of Cambodia Decreases Fees for Foreign Lawyers Participating in Khmer Rouge Tribunal to US$500
  • The Head of Information Team of Angkor Thom Magazine [San Bunthoeun] Takes [singer] Meng Keopechda and Her Husband to Court [on accusation of violence and a death threat – Meng Keopechda’s husband, a police general, threw fish source in San Bunthoeun’s face, as he tried to interview them in the Lotus Restaurant in Phnom Penh.]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #387, 29-30.4.2007

  • Sean Pengse [President of Cambodian Border Committee in France] Calls for Khmers in the Country and Abroad to Petition, Asking Hun Sen to Cancel Illegal [border] Agreements with Yuon [Vietnam]

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