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UN accused of double standard at tribunal

The United Nations is at risk of looking two-faced in its dealing with interference at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, Amnesty International said yesterday.

In a press release calling for the tribunal to respect the rights of Case 004 suspect Ta An to defence counsel, the group called for a UN investigation into bad faith interference in Case 004 by UN administrators.

UN administrators at the court have failed to appoint Ta An’s chosen defence counsel Richard Rogers.

“Should the UN fail to investigate this matter, it may leave itself open to a charge of double standards: ready to criticise Cambodian government interference at the ECCC, while not addressing allegations that its own administrators have interfered in the Tribunal’s proceedings by apparently ignoring a judicial order, and thereby compromising a suspect’s fair trial rights,” Amnesty said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bridget Di Certo at bridget.dicerto@phnompenhpost.com

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