PHNOM PENH - Cambodian staff at a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal have gone two months without pay and are threatening a walkout amid a deepening funding crisis at a court already bogged down by resignations and the ill health of its elderly defendants.
Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav – better known as Duch (centre) – greets judges in the courtroom at the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on Feb 3, 2012. Cambodian court staff are threatening to walk out after going two months without pay. (AFP PHOTO / ECCC / NHET SOKHENG)
Some 270 Cambodians have not been paid since November and are working at the UN-backed court without contracts, caught up in a standoff between donors and a government criticised for its lack of support for hearings into one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.
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