The Khmer Rouge tribunal has removed a high-ranking official
in charge of personnel, following nagging allegations of kickbacks and
irregularities in the troubled courts.
Keo Thy Vuth was removed from his administrative position
and returned to work at the Cabinet of Ministers Monday.
Sources close to the tribunal said he may have been removed
due to allegations of kickbacks and corruption, or he may have been a scapegoat.
A tribunal spokesman denied Keo Thy Vuth had been fired.
"There was not any sacking at the [tribunal]
Monday," the spokesman, Reach Sambath, said. "He was just transferred
to work in his original place at the Cabinet of Ministers."
Keo Thy Vuth was replaced by Rong Chhong.
The shuffle comes as 250 tribunal staff have gone unpaid for
the month of July, and as the UN and donors reassess their funding following
complaints in June of irregularities.