Khmer Rouge

Tribunal Staff Demand Explanation for Salary Problems

Cambodian military officials line up in front the top leaders of Khmer Rouge portraits, from right,  former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, and  former Deputy Secretary Nuon Chea, during the second day of trial of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Three senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime on Tuesday continue to be questioned at the U.N.-backed tribunal over their roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people when their movement held power in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)Cambodian military officials line up in front the top leaders of Khmer Rouge portraits, from right, former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, and former Deputy Secretary Nuon Chea, during the second day of trial of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Three senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime on Tuesday continue to be questioned at the U.N.-backed tribunal over their roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people when their movement held power in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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Cambodian military officials line up in front the top leaders of Khmer Rouge portraits, from right,  former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, and  former Deputy Secretary Nuon Chea, during the second day of trial of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Three senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime on Tuesday continue to be questioned at the U.N.-backed tribunal over their roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people when their movement held power in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Cambodian military officials line up in front the top leaders of Khmer Rouge portraits, from right, former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, and former Deputy Secretary Nuon Chea, during the second day of trial of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Three senior leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime on Tuesday continue to be questioned at the U.N.-backed tribunal over their roles in the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people when their movement held power in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Angry Cambodian staff members at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal have demanded a Jan. 31 deadline for an explanation from the court administration over why they have not been paid.

The staff have threatened to boycott their jobs until they are paid, putting a kink in the trial of three former Khmer Rouge leaders at the financially troubled court.

“They said that the administration office must respond to them from today through Jan. 31,” tribunal spokesman Neak Pheaktra said. “If not, they will take action themselves.”

The Cambodian side of the court has been in financial trouble on a number of occasions since the court’s inception in 2006. This year, it needs about $9.3 million to continue its operations, as it seeks to conclude only its second case—trying top leaders Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary for atrocity crimes.
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