Monday, July 10, 2006

Judges in Cambodia prepare for Khmer Rouge hearings

A group of Cambodian and international judges have begun preparations to try former leaders of the Khmer Rouge.

The communist government of the second half of the 1970s has been blamed for the deaths of up to two million people.

Sworn in on Monday, the 17 Cambodian and 10 foreign jurists have met behind closed doors for the first of four days of discussions about the objectives of the tribunal, which is expected to last three years.

Next week, two prosecutors, one Cambodian and one foreign, will begin investigating the regime, and will decide which former senior members of the Khmer Rouge regime should face trial.

Investigations are expected to last three to six months, with trials beginning in mid-2007.

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