WSJ says donors need to ask tough questions

Wall Street Journal tells potential tribunal donors to closely scrutinize the latest proposed budget and ongoing improvements at the court. " />

WSJ says donors need to ask tough questions

An editorial in today's Wall Street Journal tells potential tribunal donors to closely scrutinize the latest proposed budget and ongoing improvements at the court.

The Journal describes the budget's controversial 15% contingency funds as "flab" and cautions donors to be wary. While acknowledging progress in a number of areas at the court, the paper says the tribunal still lacks a strong code of conduct and that allegations of kickbacks at the ECCC have never been properly investigated.

There are some positive words for one element of the new proposed budget. The Journal approves of the plan to ask donors for funds in stages.

"That will give donors the opportunity to examine the court's progress and its use of taxpayer's funds," according to the editorial.

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