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The Cambodian National Assembly passed new laws last month governing the composition and organization of the nationâ€™s courts. The net effect is to ratify and reinforce Prime Minister Hun Senâ€™s control over the judiciary. This is in violation of Cambodiaâ€™s Constitution, which calls for a separation of powers and an independent judiciary.
The laws empower the minister of justice to oversee the administration of the judicial system and to appoint and discipline judges â€” which, as a practical matter, means he can determine the outcome in politically sensitive cases. This formalizes the de facto control over the courts Mr. HE has wielded during almost 30 years in power. All along, the courts have been politicized, ineffective and corrupt.