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More criticism of KRT

More criticism of KRT

FORMER Tuol Sleng photographer Nhem En on Thursday seconded Prime Minister Hun Sen's prediction that attempts to prosecute additional Khmer Rouge leaders would be unsuccessful and said Cambodia's war crimes court should instead spend money on his proposed museum for regime-era artefacts in Oddar Meanchey's Anlong Veng district.

"It's worth nothing to spend money on charging more suspects because the Khmer Rouge happened 30 years ago," Nhem En said. "I think it is enough that [Tuol Sleng prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch] has answered to the court."

Nhem En told the Post in July that he planned to store his Khmer Rouge-era possessions - including what he claims are Pol Pot's sandals and toilet - in a museum. Earlier this year, having failed to raise enough money, he announced a plan to sell his Khmer Rouge-era items for US$1 million, but he was unable to find buyers.

Court spokesman Dim Sovannarom said Nhem En had every right to offer suggestions, but the court would make its own spending decisions.

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