Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Popping out

International football and work as normal is the order of the day. I'll be nipping out for the football in mid-afternoon, to watch the Cambodian national team face the visiting Malaysian Olympic squad. Should be interesting; the Malaysians beat the Cambodian U-23s 4-0 in the SEA Games in 2009, the last time the two sides met at a similar level. Malaysia went onto win the SEA Games title even though they should've been kicked-out after physically assaulting the referee in an earlier match. This time around, they are sending their Olympic team over for a friendly match as Cambodia look to find their best line-up ahead of the World Cup qualifying games at the end of the month. To be honest I think the Cambodian coach, who is South Korean and has his wages paid by the Korean FA, has no idea what his best line-up is, even though he's been in the job for the last eight months.
The result of the match, in which the last twenty minutes was akin to water-polo rather than football after the heavens opened and deluged the playing surface, was a 1-0 win in Cambodia's favour. An early goal by Kouch Sokumpheak separated the two teams. The Malay team were pretty disappointing considering their previous history but credit to the Cambodians, they gave it their all and came out on top.
News just in concerns the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and the farce that Case 003 is and has become. The crimes against humanity case against Meas Muth and Sou Met is clearly not going to happen. The investigating judges have blocked the request of prosecutor Andrew Cayley to conduct more investigations, after he revealed that they had investigated bugger all up until now, despite the investigations being formally closed earlier this year. The two men in question hadn't even been interviewed. And the investigators weren't even mentioning them by name, therefore giving civil parties a cat in hell's chance of submitting their applications to be heard. After Cayley went public, over 300 people submitted applications, though those look likely to go the same way as applications by Rob Hamill and Theary Seng, and will get booted into touch. Effectively, it's a done deal. Machinations behind the scenes look set to allow Meas Muth and Sou Met a 'get out of jail' card and Case 003, and most likely 004, will not happen. It leaves a very nasty taste in the mouth when you think of all those people who believed the hype that the Tribunal would bring a sense of justice for Cambodia. Admittedly, we've had the open and shut case against Duch, the trial of the other four top leaders is due to happen sometime soon, though we can expect a long, drawn out courtroom battle, but other 'most responsible' members of the Khmer Rouge killing machine look set to keep their freedom.

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