Thursday, September 08, 2005

What about crimes committed after 1979?

No, this court has limited power. It can only try crimes committed in Cambodia between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.

However, the existing Cambodian courts have the power to try these crimes. For example, the trial of Khmer Rouge officers responsible for ambushing the Phnom Penh-Kampot train in 1994, killing 11 Cambodians and executing three western hostages, took place in the normal Cambodian courts. In that case, former Khmer Rouge Generals Sam Bith and Nuon Paet, and Colonel Chhouk Rin were found guilty.


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