Cambodian king promulgates law to end Khmer Rouge tribunal

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia expected to last another two to three years.

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has signed off on legislation which will enable the United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal to wind down and finalize its mission within the next three years.

The tribunal, known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), was charged with prosecuting those most responsible for the 1975-79 genocide committed under Pol Pot’s ruthless rule when about two million perished.

It secured convictions against senior leaders Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, but others died behind bars before a verdict could be reached. Pol Pot died in 1998 as Cambodia’s 30-year war came to an end.

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