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UN says genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders should begin soon

[JURIST] The UN chief administrator of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website] said Saturday that the trials of former Khmer Rouge members must begin as soon as possible if they are to happen while the former members of the regime are still alive. Michelle Lee [AP backgrounder] made her comments after former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary [Wikipedia profile] was reportedly admitted to a Thai hospital [ABC Pacific report] for treatment of a heart condition on Tuesday.

The genocide trials are currently scheduled to begin in 2007 [JURIST report], but the UN-assisted court has yet to secure all of its $56.3 million budget [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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