Friday, November 25, 2005

UN set to select judges for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal

The United Nations is set to interview judges who will serve on the Cambodian tribunal which will try former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of killing hundreds of thousand people during their 1975-1970 rule.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says UN chief Kofi Annan is currently in the process of selecting an international judge, prosecutor and co-investigative judge who will sit on the court.

He says a list of candidates will be interviewed in early December.

The Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot seized power in 1975, launching a reign of terror as they pursued an agrarian utopia, which left up to two million Cambodians dead from starvation, disease, overwork and execution.

Pol Pot himself died in 1998, while only two of the six to 10 former leaders expected to appear in the dock are in jail, with the remainder living freely in Cambodia.

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