Co-Prosecutors Disagree with Each Other over Indictments of More Khmer Rouge Leaders – Tuesday 9.12.2008

Posted on 10 December 2008. Filed under: Week 590 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 590

“Phnom Penh: According to a statement of the co-prosecutor office issued on 8 December 2008, the co-prosecutors of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Mr. Robert Petit and Ms. Chea Leang, announced their disagreement to open new investigations against other former Khmer Rouge leaders.
 
“The statement said that on 1 December 2008, an international co-prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Mr. Robert Petit, announced a disagreement between both co-prosecutors, and then this information was sent to the administration office, in order to receive a decision from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – ECCC.
 
“There is disagreement because Mr. Robert Petit has some reasons to show that there are other former Khmer Rouge leaders, besides the five former leaders detained at present, who committed crimes during the Khmer Rouge regime at different places around Cambodia. Some of them are considered as high ranking officials of the Khmer Rouge regime, and they are highly responsible for crimes under the Khmer Rouge regime.
 
“After receiving the report of the international co-prosecutor, which is in accordance with internal regulations of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the administration office informed the ECCC about the disagreement, in order to get a decision. This case was already sent to the ECCC.
 
“The international co-prosecutor, Mr. Robert Petit, and the national co-prosecutor, Ms. Chea Leang, could not be reached for comment on Monday afternoon regarding the disagreement over the indictment on additional former Khmer Rouge leaders. But the disagreement was explained by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s spokesperson, Mr. Reach Sambath, saying that the foreign co-prosecutor, Mr. Robert Petit, thinks that some other people should be investigated. However, the Cambodian co-prosecutor, Ms. Chea Leang, disagrees with Mr. Robert Petit. The Cambodian co-prosecutor will write to respond to what has been mentioned by the foreign co-prosecutor soon. Then, the ECCC will summon both of them for a meeting. After that, there will be a hearing in absentia, before the ECCC makes a decision.
 
“The co-prosecutor office added that a primary investigation by the co-prosecutor and the decision of the ECCC on the disagreement between the two co-prosecutors will be solved according to the law, and in the future, there will be a hearing in absentia held by the ECCC.
 
“Nevertheless, the co-prosecutor office statement said that the international and national co-prosecutors must struggle to achieve an agreement during the whole process for an official decision. Without caring about the results of this disagreement, both co-prosecutors continue to cooperate with one another on all cases in order to guarantee that justice is surely provided to the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4763, 9.12.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 9 December 2008


Amnach Reas, Vol.1, #31, 8-14.12.2008

  • [Prime Minister] Announces Not to Collect Land Taxes from Farmers after Receiving More Than US$921 Million of Aid
  • Cambodia Welcomes Japan That Wants to Develop the Te Teuk Pous [natural hot spring] Tourism Site [in Kompong Speu]

 

    Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1815, 9.12.2008

  • Serey Kosal and His Son Left Funcinpec to Join the Cambodian People’s Party Officially
  • In the Period of Fifteen Years [from 1993 to 2008] Japan Has Granted Nearly US$60 Million to the Cambodian Mine Action Center for Mine Clearance
  • Vietnam Plans to Invest US$70 Million to Build an Iron Factory in Cambodia
  • The First Vietnamese-American [Mr. Anh Joseph Cao] Is Elected as a Member of the US Congress

 
Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #154, 9.12.2008

  • Officials of Civil Society Organizations Maintain Position to March on the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2008 [although the Phnom Penh Municipality did not grant a permission]

 
Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6520, 9.12.2008

  • An Information from the Former King, Who Is Receiving Medical Attention – Samdech Euv [Father King]: ‘My Health Is Not Good’ [he said that he could live at the maximum to the age of 87 because of two different cancers, and he added, ‘Chinese respectable big friends do not dare to tell me about my future death which is not far. But I told them that I want to die at my residence rather than at a hospital.’]
  • The Promise [by a Ratanakiri prosecutor] to Release [Two] Community Activists Turns Out to Be a Detaining Warrant [Ba Tang, Lumphat, Ratanakiri]
  • Su Ching Company Is Blamed [by the Siem Reap authorities] for the Breaking of Bridges, Causing [Foreign] Tourists to Fall into the Water [Su Ching is a company investing at a port of the Boeng Tonle Sap Lake tourism site]

 
Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4763, 9.12.2008

  • Co-Prosecutors Disagree with Each Other over Indictments of More Khmer Rouge Leaders
  • The Prime Minister Orders [the Phnom Penh authorities] to Take Action on Clubs, Guesthouses … Where There Is Drug Dealing and Drug Use
    The Asian Development Bank Grants US$43 Million for Commercial Finance Projects
  • Garment Industry Provides 450,000 Employment Positions and Helps Approximately 2.7 Million People Indirectly [according to Mr. Som Oun, president of the Federal Union of Cambodian Workers]
  • Bodyguard of the Sony Construction Company Shot and Killed a Man [because of a ricocheting bullet] and He Severely Hit the Driver of a Truck Carrying Soil [no information about the arrest of the perpetrator]
  • Forty Two Nationalities Joined the International Half-Marathon at Angkor Wat [Hem Bun Ting, a Cambodian marathoner, took the first place for the fourth time, followed by American and English marathoners]

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