The Khmer Rouge tribunal has renewed legal procedures over
funds, compensation, complaints, and more, as the courts move toward their
first trial next year, a top official said Monday.
“The tribunal needs $5.4 million from March to the end of
2009 for the Cambodian side, but for the UN side, we can’t say how much,” said
Hem Krainh Tony, acting administration director for the courts, as a guest on
“Hello VOA.” “We know it’s greater.”
“For compensation in some international courts, they have
specific funds…but in Cambodia, there is just cooperative compensation,” he
said, adding that Cambodia has the only court in which the victim can act as
civil party and prosecutor.
The tribunal will also likely be able to start its first
trial, of jailed Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch, in March 2009, he said.
Tribunal spokesman Reach Sambath, who also joined “Hello
VOA” Monday, said the courts’ Victims Unit has so far received more than 2,000
“No matter whether you in Cambodia or anywhere in the world,
you can file a complaint,” he said.