Thursday, September 16, 2010

In space

Catch the excellent Cambodian Space Project at two venues this weekend
Srey Thy and the boys will be back in action twice this weekend, when the Cambodian Space Project get on stage and do their thang at the re-furbished Alley Cat bar on Friday 17th (7.30pm) and at Equinox on Saturday 18th (8pm). Spoilt for choice, I recommend you attend both. CSP will also be getting out into the countryside to do one of their famed rural gigs, in Kompong Speu on Sunday 26th, when a coach will leave La Croisette sometime in the afternoon at the cost of $10. It's a gig in the home village of their drummer, Bong Sak, and promises to be one of the more unusual locales for a gig.
One a far more sombre note, the four former Khmer Rouge leaders, currently in clink, have been committed to trial, at the end of a three-year investigation. Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Thirith are expected to stand trial in the early part of next year on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide against the Cham Muslims and Vietnamese and crimes under Cambodian law. Involved in next year's trial will be over 2,000 civil party witnesses (90 participated in the Comrade Duch case) and it's expected to last for at least 2 years. The complexity of the trial will be significantly greater than the trial of Comrade Duch, against whom charges in this 2nd trial were dropped. In the words of David Chandler: "Duch said he did it, and the documents said he did it. These guys say: 'We didn't do it,' and there are no documents, so it gets much trickier."

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