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Scope of Case 002 investigation presented

Tribunal spokesmen Lars Olsen and Reach Sambath held a press conference Thursday at which they discussed the scope of the tribunal's second case.

Though they referred only generally to crimes, they presented a map of 20 execution sites, security centres, cooperatives and work sites spread across 16 provinces that have been implicated in the investigation.

Olsen said the tribunal had decided to release the information for the benefit of prospective civil party applicants, who must, in accordance with a revision to the Internal Rules adopted in September, submit applications no later than 15 days after the co-investigating judges announce that the investigation has been completed. The judges have said they would try to complete the investigation by the end of the year. “Since the end of the investigation is approaching, the need to keep all information about what’s being investigated confidential is not as strong as it was in the beginning,” Olsen said.

Asked when the second case might start, Olsen said: "I’m not a clairvoyant so I don’t have like a glass ball, a crystal ball that I can look into and predict about the future, but I can tell you about the process." He went on to explain that there were a number of steps that could slow the process after the investigation is completed, including requests for additional investigative steps and appeals to the closing order.

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