A financial expert for the UN side of the Khmer Rouge
tribunal began work in Phnom Penh Monday, as the courts continue to face potential
David Tolbert, who was brought into the process by the UN
secretary-general to assist with country-to-country fundraising, arrived Sunday
and is expected to stay through the week, UN tribunal spokesman Peter Foster
"He's here as a result of the UN becoming aware of the
additional help and ensuring that the budget presented to donors took into
account the experiences from all the other tribunals," Foster said.
"With his advice and assistance we will be able to put together the
Recent accusations of continued kickbacks on the Cambodian
side of the hybrid tribunal has led to a freeze in funding, and a tribunal
spokeswoman said Monday that while the Cambodian side can run through the end
of 2008, the UN side may only have a budget for a few more months.
"We are quite able to proceed for the next year,"
the spokeswoman, Helen Jarvis, said. "On the UN side, it's a little bit
more difficult. They would expect to run out of funds within the next few
Prosecutors for the tribunal, meanwhile, say they are still
considering whether to charge additional suspects beyond the five now facing
charges of atrocity crimes.