Must Go On; Can’t Go On

A verdict in the genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea (pictured) and Khieu Samphan has been scheduled for November 16, 2018.

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — THE Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts for Cambodia (ECCC), an unusual and ambitious international legal body with a name to match, has occupied a compound on the dusty outskirts of the country’s capital since 2006. Officially its goal is justice for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, whose bloody misrule ended in 1979. In recent years the ECCC’s lawyers and judges have bickered and toiled, usually in obscurity but sometimes under a spotlight, often testing the tolerance of Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen. Last week they may have breached it.

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