Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Under the carpet

Former Khmer Rouge military commander Meas Muth may never come to trial
I can only concur that the Khmer Rouge Tribunals have gone tits up. Pardon my French. Not only is case 003, and by default 004, being pushed under the carpet in the hope that they'll fade away without anyone noticing, but the internal squabbling could take a turn for the worse as the British prosecutor who last week called for new investigations into case 003 is facing censure by the trial judges for speaking his mind, and the truth. Political interference and mind games from those in power have long dogged extending the trials beyond the original two cases, Comrade Duch in 001, who's already been tried and convicted, while 002 will bring to task Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. Actually, case 002 against the 4 top-level Khmer Rouge defendants is due to kick-off on 27 June with a formal hearing. The sooner the better before any of them escapes the trials by popping their clogs, so to speak. The court has already rejected claims from all four of them to be released, and rightly so. Back to case 003, the civil party applications by Rob Hamill and Theary Seng have both been rejected. Though they named who they believed the suspects were in case 003, Meas Muth and Sou Met, the court itself has refused to name them, or even interview them, making it almost impossible for anyone else to lodge civil party suits, as some 4,000 people did in the first two cases. The court has been deliberately silent on any aspects of cases 003 and 004 making it blatantly obvious to everyone that they have no real intention of progressing them. Other names were mooted recently for case 004, namely Im Chaem, a district chief; Ta An, a regional commander in Kompong Thom; and Ta Tith, a regional commander in Takeo during the Khmer Rouge years. However, its speculation again, as the court has not publicly acknowledged them at all. For the court, it's easier just to sweep them under that very large, and deep-piled, UN carpet.



Anonymous Chris P. said...

I find it sad that the world has forgotten what happened in Cambodia.
That can't be helped, there are many wars being fought at this moment in theatres around the world, from the middle east to africa to even the americas, north and south. And countless victims will be statistically tallied and forgotten as well. And unfortunately sweeping things under the carpet works very well in politics and the public memory.

May 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

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