Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ieng Sary defence warns of ‘blackmail’

Ieng Sary defence warns of ‘blackmail’

Ieng Sary defence warns of ‘blackmail’

The Ieng Sary defence team blasted a United States congressman yesterday for calling on the US to take action against alleged political interference at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, arguing that he was asking the US to “blackmail” the court.

Congressman Ed Royce wrote to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month urging the US to denounce alleged political interference at the tribunal, and said further US funding to the court “should be conditioned, at the very least, upon an investigation in Case 003 that satisfies Prosecutor Cayley’s requests”.

After the court’s co-investigating judges said in April they had finished their investigation into Case 003, international co-prosecutor Andrew Cayley asked for further investigation, including suspect interviews and examination of alleged crime sites.

Ang Udom and Michael Karnavas, co-lawyers for Ieng Sary, said in a letter to Clinton yesterday that Royce was “effectively calling for the US to take coercive measures against the ECCC that smack of nothing short of blackmail”.

“Alleged political interference in judicial independence cannot be solved by further political interference,” they said.

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