Friday, February 23, 2007

Corruption in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

In the latest bout in the struggle for justice in Cambodia, the U.N. Development Program has audited the finances of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in response to allegations of corruption at the court, which has yet to begin its investigation phase. Last week, the Open Society Justice Initiative noted:
Serious allegations that Cambodian court personnel, including judges, must kick back a significant percentage of their wages to Cambodian government officials in exchange for their positions on the court, are undermining the credibility of the ECCC.
In response, Sean Visoth, the Cambodian director of the ECCC's administrative office, has severed all dealings with OSJI. This is but one of several challenges that Michelle Lee, the UN's intelligent and capable deputy director of administration at the ECCC, has faced in getting the court off the ground. (Kevin Heller's post on Opinio Juris details previous obstacles.)

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