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Khmer Rouge

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge to be (a) charged and (b) put on trial. (144481)

A Plenary Session in Phnom Penh of national and international judicial officers unanimously adopted The Internal Rules of Procedure for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on 12 June. This significant step paves the way for the process of holding fair and transparent trials.

Judicial officers, in a joint statement on 13 June, stated that it was their understanding that co-prosecutors would shortly file their first introductory submission. Co- investigating judges can then begin the judicial process. Whilst there is no current timetable for the trial phase, we currently envisage the trial process starting in the first half of 2008. Both the Cambodian Government and the UN are aware of the urgency of starting these trials and are working hard to do this as soon as possible.

The UK will continue to follow developments closely in the coming months.