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Trials Begin in September: Tribunal

The first trials of Khmer Rouge leaders will be held in September, tribunal officials told reporters Tuesday.

Tribunal officials returned from discussions with donors in New York on Friday, where they requested an additional $50 million to carry trials through 2009, with plans for additional funding if the proceedings last through 2010 or if more Khmer Rouge leaders are indicted, officials said.

"We are preparing for the trials to be able to commence in September," the tribunal Office of Administration said Tuesday.

The tribunal has finished the construction of a main court room, which will be used in the next tribunal appeal hearing, for former foreign minister Ieng Sary, to be held June 30, and the Victims Unit is reviewing 1,200 civil party complaints.