Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: A Verdict in the Trial Chamber Against Kaing Guek Eav (alias “Duch”), former Chairman of the Security Center S-21

July 26, 2010

  1. A verdict Against Kaing Guek Eav (alias “Duch”) was sentenced to 35 years in prison at the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on the morning of July 26 (Mon). Japan welcomes the progress made in its judicial process.

  2. Japan regards the Khmer Rouge Trial as a crucial step towards the conclusion of the entire peace process in Cambodia, and believes that it will contribute to delivering justice and will strengthen of the rule of law in the country. Japan has also been playing a leading role in extending support in the international community.

  3. Japan strongly hopes that the Khmer Rouge Trial will continue to proceed in an appropriate and smooth manner, and that serious crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge regime will be promptly tried under the court of international standard.

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