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Group: Many Accused Face Unfair Trials

A disconcerting number of accused do not receive fair trials in Cambodia’s courts, a rights group said Friday.

The Center for Social Development—which monitored 1,491 hearings from Phnom Penh Municipal, Kandal Provincial, Appeals and the Supreme courts—said about 55 percent of accused did not receive proper trials from October 2005 to September 2006.

The center made its statements at a launch ceremony for several publications, where it presented its annual report on court monitoring and distributed a “Fair Trial Handbook.”