Search

Search form

Delayed reaction: Boycott of tribunal irks Hun Sen

Delayed reaction: Boycott of tribunal irks Hun Sen

Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his seeming impatience with the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, criticising a monthlong defence boycott of proceedings that ended last November for delaying the trial, while conspicuously ignoring the charges issued on March 3 in government-opposed Cases 003 and 004.

“I would like to send a message: When will the trial finish if boycotts become a problem?” Hun Sen asked at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education, before going on to call the boycott “stupid”.

However, he also came to the impromptu defence of lawyers for defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, telling citizens “please don’t be angry with the lawyers” for representing convicted war criminals.

However, the premier made no mention of the recent charges in the upcoming cases, which he has previously said could spark renewed civil war and should not be pursued.

The fact that the recent charges were issued in absentia represented their death knell anyway, said Cambodia Justice Initiative program officer Panhavuth Long yesterday.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all