The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, or ECCC, dismissed the petitions of three Khmer Rouge leaders to be released prior to their trials. ECCC is a U.N.-backed tribunal tasked with investigating and trying the mass killings and other crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime 30 years ago. The tribunal explained it ruled to deny the release of the former leaders Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith and Khieu Samphan to prevent them from fleeing, destroying evidence and pressuring witnesses, among other reasons. Samphan’s request was also denied for his protection and to maintain public order.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.