Thursday, 23 October 2014

Khmer Rouge

Nuon Chea Team Files Complaint Against Hun Sen, Others

Chea Sim, center, president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party, Hun Sen, right, the party's vice president and also Cambodian prime minister, and Heng Samrin, left, the party's honorary president, sit as the country marks Khmer Rouge downfall in 1979,
Chea Sim, center, president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party, Hun Sen, right, the party's vice president and also Cambodian prime minister, and Heng Samrin, left, the party's honorary president, sit as the country marks Khmer Rouge downfall in 1979,
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer

Defense lawyers for jailed Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea on Monday filed a complaint in the national courts against Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior Cambodian officials for alleged interference at the UN-backed court.

The complaint follows the resignation earlier this month of UN investigating judge Siegfriend Blunk, who said public statements by Hun Sen and others in opposition to two cases at the court made it too difficult for him to proceed with his work.

In their complaint, Nuon Chea’s lawyers allege that Hun Sen, top members of the Cambodian People’s Party, ministers and others were infringing on the pursuit of justice by refusing to appear for testimony at the tribunal or speaking against cases at the court.

The complaint names Hun Sen, National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Senate President Chea Sim, Finance Minister Keat Chhon, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith and others.

Michiel Pestman, an international defense attorney for Nuon Chea, told reporters Monday he had spoken to the court prosecutor, “and he assured us that the case is going to be dealt with swiftly and according to the rules.”

The complaint was filed with Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s deputy prosecutor, Sok Roeun, who was unavailable for comment.

Government spokesman Keo Remy called the defense team “opportunist.”

The complaint adds further complications to the work of the court, which is working toward a trial for Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, who are charged with atrocity crimes, including genocide.

Court officials say they expect to open the first substantial hearing of Case 002 on Nov. 21.

Last week, the UN’s top legal officer met with Cambodian officials and requested that public figures refrain from speaking out against cases at the court.

Kim Suon, a civil party lawyer, told “Hello VOA” last week that Blunk’s resignation represented a “sign of worry” for the court that could delay proceedings.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Sayi
X
22 October 2014
Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone. Activists, from communities that live near some of Cambodia’s last forests, told reporters Wednesday that illegal logging is ravaging their homelands, as part of a “systematic” trade that includes the participation of high-ranking officials, authorities and security forces. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)i
X
20 October 2014
You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
Video

Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>