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today's Wall Street Journal, the ECCC must pursue additional prosecutions if the court hopes to affirm its independence from the Cambodian government. " />

Court must not submit to "political diktat," WSJ writes

According to an editorial in today's Wall Street Journal, the ECCC must pursue additional prosecutions if the court hopes to affirm its independence from the Cambodian government.

"It has long been suggested that the limitation of charges to the five accused -- all former Khmer Rouge members, unconnected to any current senior government figures -- was a central part of the 'unwritten bargain' that led the government to accept the Court," James Goldston writes. "A number of senior figures in the current government apparently fear the potential consequences of establishing a model of transparency and accountability that might be applied more generally."

Co-Prosecutors at the tribunal recently filed a "Statement of Disagreement" over whether to pursue additional prosecutions.è½

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