Fee dispute may delay start of Khmer Rouge trials at UNaided Cambodian

16 March 2007The United Nations-assisted Cambodian court may not be able to proceed with the long-awaited trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders, accused of mass killings and other horrific crimes during the late 1970s, until a dispute is resolved over proposed registration fees for foreign lawyers, the court’s review committee said today. In a statement issued after a 10-day session in the capital Phnom Penh, the review committee of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which is comprised of national and international judges, said all remaining disagreements over the internal court rules had been hammered out.But the decision of Cambodia’s Bar Association (BAKC) to impose fees on the participation of foreign lawyers “is unacceptable to the international judges, who consider that it severely limits the rights of accused and victims to select counsel of their choice,” according to today’s statement.The international judges consider this dispute “places an obstacle to adopting” the rules, which are necessary for the trials to proceed, although the national judges regard the issue as outside the scope of the internal rules and therefore no obstacle to their adoption.The review committee called on the BAKC to re-consider its decision as soon as possible so that a planned plenary session of judges can take place on 30 April to adopt the internal rules.The statement called on the ECCC Defence Support Section to work closely with the BAKC in this process.“All members of the Committee remain dedicated to completing this complex effort of successfully harmonizing international and national law so that the ECCC can discharge its historic responsibility to find justice for the Cambodian people,” the statement added.Judges and prosecutors for the ECCC trials were sworn in last July. Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the trial court and a Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system will investigate those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.The UN will pay $43 million of the $56.3 million budget for the trials, with the Cambodian Government providing the remaining $13.3 million. read more

Tisdale scores 18 ETSU beats North Dakota State 7961

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Isaiah Tisdale scored 18 points, Jeromy Rodriguez added 14 with eight rebounds and four assists and ETSU beat North Dakota State 79-61 on Saturday.Mladen Armus scored nine points and grabbed 13 rebounds with four assists, Tray Boyd III added 13 points and D’Andre Bernard scored 10 off the bench for the Buccaneers (5-2), who shot 59 per cent to 40 per cent for the Bison.Jarius Cook scored eight straight and the Bison closed to 62-55 on his 3 with 6:59 to play, but Patrick Good’s 3 capped an 11-3 run for a 73-58 Buccaneers’ lead and ETSU scored six straight in the final 2:25.The Bison led 10-9 on Tyson Ward’s dunk, but Good’s 3-pointer put ETSU up for good, 12-10, and the Buccaneers led 39-27 at halftime.Rocky Kreuser scored 13 points, Ward scored 11 points with four assists and Cook 10 for North Dakota State (2-4).The Associated Press read more