The European Union has announced a new 3.5 million euro ($4 million) contribution to the Khmer Rouge tribunal for its 2018 operation.
A statement from the EU and the tribunal known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia said 2.25 million euros ($2.6 million) would go to the international side and 1.25 million euros ($1.4 million) to the national side of the court.
The EU is one of the largest donors to the tribunal and this last instalment brings the total financial assistance provided by the EU to 22.70 million euros ($26.5 million) since the court’s inception in 2006.
“On behalf of the ECCC, we would like to express our gratitude for the generous and continuous support offered by the EU,” acting director of administration Tony Kranh and deputy director of administration Knut Rosandhaug said.
“This financial support will contribute to the continuity of the work of the court to achieve justice for the atrocities of the Democratic Kampuchea regime of 1975-1979.”
Three former Khmer Rouge leaders, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who commanded the S-21 centre, former head of state Khieu Samphan and Brother Number 2 Nuon Chea was sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide against Vietnamese and Cham Islamic people.
About 1.7 million people died by execution, starvation, disease and overwork between 1975 and 1979.
According to Mr Pheatra, the two ageing leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are in detention at the tribunal awaiting their second verdict of case 002/02 which is due to be announced in the third semester of this year.