MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
22 June 1999
Charges Laid Against Sam Bith And Chhuk Rin
I welcome confirmation by Cambodian judicial authorities that formal charges have been laid against Sam Bith and Chhuk Rin in relation to the 1994 abduction and murder of Australian David Wilson and his French and British friends, Jean-Michel Braquet and Mark Slater.
The Australian Government has long made clear our desire to see all those responsible in this crime brought to justice.
I am encouraged that the Cambodian judicial authorities have brought action against those named in evidence during the 7 June trial and conviction of former Khmer Rouge general Nuon Paet.
I was pleased, as well, that the Cambodian Government acted firmly in waiving immunity in respect of Bith and Rin to enable charges to be laid against them.
Our rigorous pursuit of the objective of bringing not only Paet, but all those implicated in the abduction and murder of the hostages, to justice, has, I believe, contributed to this positive result.
The Australian Government shall continue
to impress upon the Cambodian judicial authorities the importance
of upholding their responsibility toward ensuring that justice
is finally done in respect of this case.
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