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The Khmer Rouge Trials: the Trial Court Chamber Judgment against former senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime
(Statement by Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga)

November 16, 2018

1. On November 16 (both local and Japan times), the Trial Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) pronounced another sentence of life imprisonment against two former senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. Japan welcomes the judgement as additional achievement of its judicial process, which started in 2006.

2. The Khmer Rouge Trials are the crucial step toward the conclusion of the entire peace process in Cambodia, and will contribute to delivering justice and strengthening the rule of law in the country. In light of this, Japan has been playing a leading role in the international community in extending support for the trials.

3. Japan strongly hopes that the trials on the remaining cases are held even more expeditiously and that its mission be completed successfully, bearing in mind the advanced age of both the accused and the victims.

[Reference]Japan’s financial assistance for the Khmer Rouge Trials
Japan has provided roughly 86.34 million US dollars (69.80 million dollars to the international side and 16.54 million dollars to the domestic side), or about 30% of the international assistance for the Khmer Rouge Trials, since they began in 2006.

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