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Saturday, August 18, 2007

UN Concerned At Cambodian Judge's Appointment

Press Release: United Nations

UN Concerned At Appointment Of Judge On Khmer Rouge Tribunal To National Court
The United Nations today voiced concern over the appointment to the Cambodian Court of Appeal of a judge already serving on the UN-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and torture during the late 1970s, saying it could affect both the efficiency and perceived independence of the body.

Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Co-Investigating Judge You Bun Leng was appointed President of the Cambodian Court of Appeal by royal decree on 9 August. The UN is seeking further clarification from the Cambodian authorities.

Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the trial court and a Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system will investigate those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law under Khmer Rouge rule between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979, when hundreds of thousands people were killed.

"The United Nations is concerned about the effect of the Decree's implementation on the efficiency of the proceedings currently before the court," the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) said in a press statement.

"The United Nations is also concerned about the impact of the Royal Decree on the perceived independence of the ECCC," it added.

In a statement released by UNAKRT You Bun Leng said that as long as the ECCC considered his presence essential it was his duty to continue, ensuring there was no interruption or delay in the process, until such time as an appropriate and smooth transition can be made.

"I have already begun consultation with my staff and my international counterpart to reach a mutually acceptable and constructive solution that does not disrupt our work," he said, noting that while the ECCC Law stipulated that the Co-Investigating Judges shall be appointed for the duration of the investigation, it also provided for the appointment of reserve Co-Investigating Judges.

The EC weeks ago, accusing Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, of crimes against humanity over his role as chief at the S21 prison in the capital, Phnom Penh.

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South Korean company finances Cambodia to build taekwondo training center

A South Korean company has donated 300,000 US dollars for Cambodia to build a taekwondo training center, local media reported on Friday.

The center will become a bridge of friendship and cooperation between Cambodia and South Korea, Cambodian-language newspaper the Kampuchea Thmey quoted Lee Joong Keun, president of Boo Young Company, as saying.

Bun Sok, Secretary of State Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, said that both sides signed the memorandum of understanding on Aug. 15 and the center will be built inside the Olympics Stadium in Phnom Penh.

"My ministry considers this sport field influential for Cambodia, because our taekwondo players used to receive golden medals on the international stage," he said.

Earlier in April, the South Korean company had donated 100,000 US dollars to help train Cambodian taekwondo players and purchase equipments for them.

Source: Xinhua
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ONGC Cup: India crush Cambodia

Its the best possible start Indian Football Coach Bob Houghton could have asked from his team on Friday night as they blanked Cambodia 6-0 in the opening game of the 2007 ONGC Nehru Cup at New Delhi's Ambedkar Stadium.

The Indians opened the scoring through N P Pradeep in the 16th minute before Captain Baichung Bhutia scored from the spot just before half-time.

But it was the second half explosion that would have pleased Houghton.

Two goals apiece from JCT's Sunil Chhetri and Mahindra United's Steven Dias set the team up perfectly for their next clash on Monday against neighbour Bangladesh.

The rival team is being coached by Former Indian Captain Syed Nayeemuddin, who ironically was Houghton's predecessor as India's Coach.
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