By Tom Fawthrop
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Extra info for Getting Away With Genocide: Cambodia's Long Struggle Against the Khmer Rouge
1 But the level of organisation shown in the conduct of the trial – preparing a vast quantity of testimony in three languages and coping with a large delegation of foreigners needing to be housed, fed and taken to various genocide sites in and around Phnom Penh as well as in Siem Reap – indicated the high priority given by the government to this effort. Its legal shortcomings will be discussed below. From the beginning, the Cambodian political forces and their Vietnamese backers who overthrew the Khmer Rouge enumerated a dual policy with regard to punishment of those who had committed crimes.
During Pol Pot’s final days in power he ordered the royal prisoner to be brought to his office. With Cambodian dissidents and Vietnamese forces almost at the gates of Phnom Penh, Pol Pot adopted an apologetic tone and appealed to Sihanouk – the VIP hostage – to accept a special assignment on behalf of a doomed regime. It was a supremely ironic encounter only days before the fall of Phnom Penh. Pol Pot, who had shown no qualms about permitting the killing of 19 members of Sihanouk‘s family, implored the prince to become the Khmer Rouge special emissary to the UN.
On 24 September 1979 the Ministry of Education was able to take pride in having completed the reopening of all the pre-1975 schools in Phnom Penh, without any aid at all from the United Nations or western countries. The only supplies of paper, pens and notebooks had come from Vietnam, the USSR and Eastern Europe. On 14 October Fawthrop 01 intro 17 3/9/04 4:08:06 pm 18 Getting Away With Genocide? the following additional six ministries were established: Commerce, Industry, Agriculture, Finance, Social Affairs and Special Affairs (in charge of the rudimentary judicial system and tasked with drafting the new Constitution).