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Officials Fear More Delays in ECCC’s Row With Group

Opposition and NGO leaders say a trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders could be further delayed by the tribunal’s decision to sever ties with a group accusing government officials of requiring kickbacks from local judges.

The Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) has said judges must pay significant portions of their salaries for postings to the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a claim the ECCC denies.

Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, says the tribunal’s success depends on participation from NGOs and the public. He urges the courts to reconsider, as Sean Visoth, director of the ECCC’s administration office, bars OSJI personnel from entering tribunal offices and ceases all dealings with them.

Tribunal prosecutor Robert Petit says OSJI is influential in the court of justice.