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UNDP Audits Cambodian Khmer Rouge Tribunal Over Graft Concerns


A United Nations agency is auditing the finances of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal because of corruption allegations.

The U.N. Development Program said today (Wednesday) reports from late last year raised concerns about the tribunals' hiring procedures.

Corruption is rampant throughout impoverished Cambodia. Last week, the Open Society Justice Initiative said Cambodian staff had to pay bribes to secure their jobs.

Tribunal officials denied the allegations and cut ties with the New York-based legal group, which had helped train local judicial officials.

The U.N.-backed court was established in 2003 to prosecute former Khmer Rouge leaders.

The regime is accused of killing nearly two million people between 1975 and 1979 in a radical campaign to establish a classless, agrarian society.

Most of their victims died from execution, overwork, disease and starvation.

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