Cambodia Announces Drive to Clear Cases in the Country’s Courts

Cambodia has launched a new campaign to reduce backlogs and pending cases in provincial and municipal courts as a first step in a reform of the country’s judicial system, Cambodia’s justice minister said on Monday.

The campaign, which will run from six to nine months, is aimed at clearing the cases of up to 40,000 detainees now packed into overcrowded cells so that new cases can be brought, Minister of Justice Kouet Rith told reporters at a press conference in Phnom Penh.

The Justice Ministry will only provide logistical help and support to the courts, and will not interfere in the work of prosecutors and judges in conducting the trials, Kouet Rith said.

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