Cambodia ends prosecution of former-Khmer Rouge generals
CITING a job completed, Cambodia has confirmed it will put a stop to the United Nations-backed tribunal into war crimes that last week convicted two leaders of the Khmer Rouge for genocide. According to the Associated Press, Deputy prime minister Sar Kheng said there would be no further prosecutions and ruled the tribunal’s work done after just three convictions over its nine-year history. The only other person convicted was the regime’s prisons chief. The tribunal, formally the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), was set up to target leaders of the military regime who were in power from 1975 to 1979. But it has been plagued by controversy, budget woes and a sense among the public that what has been done has been too little and far too late. A woman cries next to a dead body, 17 April 1975 in Phnom Penh, after the Khmer Rouge enter the Cambodian capital and establish government of Democratic Kampuchea (DK). Source: Claude Juvenal/AFP Prime Minister Hun Sen, himself a former Khmer Rouge commander, has repeatedly said there will be no further prosecutions, claiming more trials could send the country spiralling into civil war. In the past, Hun Sen has vowed to prevent new indictments and said he would be happy if the UN left Cambodia. Rights groups have accused the government of trying to stifle the court to protect public figures. Most of the victims of the Khmer Rouge died of starvation, torture, exhaustion or disease in labour camps or were bludgeoned to death during mass executions. The leader of the regime, Pol Pot, known as “Brother Number One”, died in 1998. The post Cambodia ends prosecution of former-Khmer Rouge generals appeared first on Asian Correspondent.... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Cambodia ends prosecution of former-Khmer Rouge generals, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 19 November
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