PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – About 300 Cambodian staff members at the U.N.-backed genocide trial of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been working since December without pay, and face the prospect of not getting paid this year unless foreign aid donors contribute more funds.
Khmer Rouge tribunal spokesman Neth Pheaktra said Friday that $9.3 million is needed for salaries and daily operating costs in 2013 for the Cambodian component of the operation. All functions of the tribunal have Cambodian and international personnel operating in tandem but with separate budgets.
The tribunal is seeking justice for the estimated 1.7 million people who died due to the extremist policies of the communist Khmer Rouge's 1970s rule.
The tribunal projects total costs of $230.7 million by its expected conclusion in 2013.