Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Revised Khmer Rouge tribunal budget shows $2M increase

Revised Khmer Rouge tribunal budget shows $2M increase

A packed courtroom for the announcement of the appeal judgement on Case 002/01, last year. SOK HENG NHET/ECCC
A packed courtroom for the announcement of the appeal judgement on Case 002/01, last year. Sok Heng Nhet/ECCC.

Revised Khmer Rouge tribunal budget shows $2M increase

The Khmer Rouge tribunal published a revised version of their 2016-2017 budget on Wednesday featuring an increase of almost $2 million due to unexpected delays in proceedings.

“The revision increases the total budget for the period 2016-2017 by US$1.94 million for both national and international components,” the statement reads. The budget revision was officially approved late last month.

“Some procedures and investigations have extended,” said court spokeswoman Hayat Abu-Saleh, explaining the increase.

Evidentiary hearings in Case 002/02 the trial against the Khmer Rouge’s most senior surviving leaders, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea concluded later than expected, which Abu-Saleh said would result in a corresponding three month delay to the verdict.

Meanwhile, the investigations into Case 003, featuring ex-naval commander Meas Muth, and Case 004, featuring Khmer Rouge cadres Im Chaem and Ao An, have also been delayed.

“The cases were more complicated and required more resources and time for the investigation,” Abu-Saleh said.

As a result, some posts at the court that were expected to be abolished were also extended, including 16 positions in the co-investigating judges’ office.

The court has often been subjected to criticism for its slow progress and budget overruns.

Observers, meanwhile, have accused the government of purposefully obstructing Cases 003 and 004 for political ends.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway