Respecting the readers' rights to have access to information, the Directorate of
the Royal School for Judges and Prosecutors wishes to exercise his right of response
and bring to the attention of the Phnom Penh Post some inaccuracies which appeared
in the Phnom Penh Post dated from November 21 2003.
The article was titled "Hope for Justice lies in School for Judges", jointly
written by Caroline HUOT and Sam RITH. It contained a number of inaccuracies and
defamatory statements which the Directorate believes misled the readers and breached
their right to accurate, reliable information.
Regarding the inaccuracies, the Directorate of the School wishes to clarify that
the recruitment of the first intake of 50 student judges is not aimed to replace
judges and prosecutors who are working in the courts. Rather, it is to increase the
number of judges and prosecutors in the judiciary because that number is notoriously
insufficient to ensure administration of justice in this country.
Furthermore, student judges are not required to pay any tuition fees. To the contrary,
the Royal Government of Cambodia has approved in principle to provide a monthly allowance
for each student judge in the amount of 285,000 Riel.
Finally, the Directorate wishes to highlight that so far there is no indication to
assert that students who graduate from the school will be appointed to higher jurisdictions
such as Appeal Court and Supreme Court.
Concerning certain defamatory statements, the Directorate is surprised that the journalists
in question did not respect their obligations of seriousness, discretion and of serenity
when they reported allegations of corruption during the competitive entrance examination
in the highlighted box in the article. The Directorate is willing to invite the disappointed
applicant who had been allegedly asked for the sum of 15.000 USD for the final admission
to reveal his/her anonymity so that an appropriate lawsuit may be taken against those
responsible for the alleged corruption.
Ms. Kim Sathavy - Directorate of the Royal School for Judges and