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Donors Pour $30m Into U.N.-Backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal


General view of Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.

The revised budget for the year 2017 totals $30.1 million, of which $23.7 million is for the international component and $6.3 million is for the national side.

Donors to the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia have allocated more than $30 million in new funding to the court.

“We appreciate the endorsement of the new budget, and strongly appeal to the donor community to continue their necessary financial contribution for the [court] to fulfill its mandate", Kranh Tony, said acting director of the Office of Administration, and its deputy director, Knut Rosandhaug, said in a joint statement.

The revised budget for the year 2017 totals $30.1 million, of which $23.7 million is for the international component and $6.3 million is for the national side.

The budget for 2016 was revised on the basis of estimated expenditures of $30.6 million, of which $24 million was estimated for the international side of the court and $6.6 million was estimated for the national component.

The revision increases the total budget for the period 2016-2017 by $1.9 million for both national and international components.

The tribunal has faced cash shortages due to alleged political interference and corruption.

The tribunal has spent almost $270 million since 2006 to try three senior leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea regime, commonly known as the Khmer Rouge, which oversaw the untimely deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people between 1975 and 1979.

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