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Foreign Jurists Ready to Hand Bar Association an Ultimatum

The UN-appointed jurists of a stuttering Khmer Rouge tribunal said Monday they will give the Cambodian Bar Association a final ultimatum to drop fees for foreign lawyers before boycotting an upcoming planning session scheduled for later this month.

Cambodian and foreign judges and prosecutors, collectively called jurists, have been bickering over internal rules for trials of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, and last month said they had reached some solutions.

However, the Cambodian Bar Association's requests for excessively high fees for foreign lawyers is keeping the process from moving forward.

Cambodian Bar Association President Ky Tech has said the bar cannot budge.

Concerned observers say the last chance for a tribunal is fast approaching, as more deadlocks threaten a legal time limit on the trials.