Cambodia: Details are Sketchy
September 2, 2009
AFP has the scoop:
Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court announced Wednesday that it would investigate more suspects from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, blamed for the deaths of up to two million people.
“The international prosecutor is authorised to make an introductory submission to co-investigating judges to open additional judicial investigations,” court spokesman Lars Olsen told AFP.
Based on the investigations, the tribunal will have to decide whether to prosecute these suspects, a move that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has strongly opposed on the grounds that it would spark civil war.
This is good news for the tribunal. The move to try more suspects, in spite of the prime minister’s dire prediction, proves the court enjoys some real autonomy. Until today that was not at all clear.