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UN approves $8 million to support ECCC

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Two former Khmer Rouge leaders, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, attend a court hearing. Courtesy ECCC

The United Nations has announced it will provide a budget of $8 million to support the Khmer Rouge tribunal for next year, according to Tuy Ry, Cambodia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Mr Ry said: “The UN’s General Assembly has approved to provide $8 million for the international component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) for 2018.”

Since the establishment of the hybrid court commonly known as the Khmer Rouge tribunal, a joint creation by the UN and the Cambodian government, the costs have risen to $293 million, of which $224.3 million was spent on the international component and $68.7 million on the national side.

Japan has been the main contributor so far.

Three former Khmer Rouge leaders, Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, a former director of S-21, Khieu Samphan, a former head of state, and Nuon Chea, a former chief ideologist, have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes they committed from 1975-79, which caused the death of at least 1.7 million people from execution, starvation, overwork and disease.

Full story in Tuesday’s paper.

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