After 15 Years, Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal Nears Its End

A conversation with Helen Jarvis, a genocide scholar and tribunal stalwart.

The Khmer Rouge tribunal is expected to hold its last public hearings starting from August 16, when the former head of state, Khieu Samphan – the last of Pol Pot’s living henchmen – is slated to appear and deliver an oral defense of the crimes committed between 1975 and 1979.

A bench of Cambodian and international judges will then deliberate on the 90-year-old’s appeal against his convictions for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Nine days have been reserved for the hearings, following which the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) will start finalizing more than 15 years of legal work.

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