MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
19 May 1999
Cambodia-Anouncement of Trial Date for Nuon Paet
The Australian Government welcomes advice from Cambodian judicial authorities that the former Khmer Rouge General Nuon Paet will be brought to trial on 7 June. He will face a number of charges relating to the 1994 detention and murder of Australian David Wilson and his French and British friends, Jean-Michel Braquet and Mark Slater.
Nuon Paet was arrested in August last year after sustained representations by the Australian, British and French Governments.
I am pleased that our diplomatic effort contributed to Nuon Paet's arrest and trial. The pursuit of justice in respect of this crime has been a major priority for the Australian Government, as well of course, for the family of David Wilson, and the families of the other victims.
I have asked the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh to make clear to the Cambodian authorities the Government's hope that the trial of Nuon Paet will be an open and public one, so that independent observers, as well as family representatives, can attend if they choose to do so. Officers from the Australian Embassy will also attend and monitor the trial.
The family of David Wilson will also be represented at the trial.
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