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KRouge trial not hurt by funding

KRouge trial not hurt by funding

KHMER Rouge tribunal officials said

Wednesday they are confident the trial of former S-21 prison chief

Kaing Guek Eav will go ahead, despite ongoing funding problems that

threaten to bankrupt the UN-backed court.

The tribunal, which on Tuesday formally indicted Kaing Guek Eav, more

commonly known as Duch, for crimes against humanity and war crimes, has

struggled to find money for the Cambodian side of its operations after

diminishing UN Development Programme funds were halted this month amid

graft allegations.

"We are always worried....We will just take it one step at a time, and

be careful not to slip," said tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath.

Cambodian staffers, who were unpaid in July due to the funding freeze,

are expected to have their salaries resume this week, with the money

coming from an emergency infusion of US$2.9 million from Japan.  

The indictment - the first handed down by the court - has been met with

muted optimism by survivors of Tuol Sleng, where court documents say

more than 12,000 people were brutalised before being killed.

"I am very pleased with the indictment," said survivor Chum Mey. "But I

am afraid that the court will not be able to bring all five leaders to

justice because they are very old," he added.

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