Khmer Rouge Tribunal Judgment Due in August

A judgment in the first phase of the case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan is to be rendered at 9 a.m. on August 7, according to a statement issued by the Khmer Rouge tribunal Thursday.

A verdict was originally supposed to have been issued before the end of June.

“If convictions are entered, decisions on sentencing and civil party reparation requests will also be delivered” that day, the court said.

When hearings began in November 2011, there were four defendants in court. Ieng Sary passed away last year and his wife, Ieng Thirith, is hospitalized in Thailand after having been found unfit to stand trial in 2012 due to age-related dementia.

A second trial in the case is scheduled to begin later this year.

Long Panhavuth, a program officer at the Cambodia Justice Initiative who monitors the court, said he understood the delay in issuing the verdict to have been caused by a translation problem.

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