Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | February 25, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 9 (16-19 February 2015)

This week, the Trial Chamber moved efficiently in completing the examination of three witnesses and commencing the questioning of a fourth, even as procedural hurdles threatened the continued progress of Case 002/02. The OCP began to insert newly released confidential statements from the Case 004 investigation into the Case 002/02 dossier, as they include both inculpatory and exculpatory material relevant to the ongoing trial. Both the Defense Teams, with the tacit support of the Civil Parties, sought postponement of trial so the new statements could be reviewed for impact upon witness testimony in the current trial segment on Tram Kak District and Kraing Ta Chan Security Center (KTC). The Trial Chamber declined to postpone this week, moving forward with the four witnesses after determining the new statements were not relevant to their particular examinations. However, the Court did announce modifications to the hearing schedule for the next two weeks to provide more time for the parties to review the new Case 004 statements. With the threat of postponement effectively addressed, the Chamber successfully heard testimony from a monk who was defrocked and forced to labor under the Khmer Rouge, and from two ‘base’ people who described life in their Tram Kak cooperatives. In its brief session on Thursday, 19 February, the Chamber began to hear testimony from a former prison guard at Kraing Ta Chan previously identified as ‘Little Duch’. This report summarizes the testimony of the four witnesses, analyzes the inclusion of Case 004 statements in evidence, and briefly discusses other procedural and trial management issues that arose this week.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 9 – Hearings on Evidence Week 6  (16-19 February 2015)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | February 20, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 8 (9-12 February 2015)

Case 002/02 proceeded beyond the confines of the first trial segment on Tram Kak District cooperatives and Kraing Ta Chan Security Center this week as the Trial Chamber heard the testimony of the case’s first Expert Witness, Elizabeth Becker. The Expert testified for three days on the geopolitical context for the rise and fall of Democratic Kampuchea, the country’s tensions with Vietnam, the internal purges of cadre and officials across the Zones, and her own visit to DK in December 1978. The testimony dealt with major themes relevant to the Prosecution’s cases, victims’ experiences, and key Defense arguments raised by the Co-Accused, so it often became contentious. Parties raised many procedural issues this week concerning phrasing of questions, the selective appearance of Nuon Chea in the trial, and the scope of Case 002/02. In addition, the Chamber heard the testimony of a Civil Party, Ry Pov, who described his experiences working in a Tram Kak District mobile unit after returning to his homeland of Takeo Province from a refugee camp in Vietnam in 1976. This report analyzes testimony from the two witnesses who appeared this week, discusses the legal issues raised during their testimony, and continues to track the progress of the Chamber’s overall management of the trial.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 8 – Hearings on Evidence Week 5  (9-12 February 2015)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | February 12, 2015

Facing Justice – Episode 53 (covering ECCC Proceedings 2-6 February 2015)

This is the 53rd episode of a series of weekly TV reports about the proceedings in the second Khmer Rouge trial. It was first broadcast on CTN on Monday 9 February 2015.

A total of 16 new programs (episodes 38 – 53) were sponsored by USAID (the US Agency for International Development) in a two-year project aimed at aiding National Reconciliation.

Episode 53 covers the fourth week of the new part of the second trial, ‘Case 002/02′ – from Monday 2 to Friday 6 February. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two leading members of the Khmer Rouge regime (in power from 1975 to 1979), are accused of a multitude of atrocious crimes. The charges are related to ‘Genocide’ – against Chams and Vietnamese; the treatment of Buddhists, ‘Forced Marriages and Rape’, ‘Internal Purges’ and the targeting of former Khmer Republic officials.

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | February 11, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 7 (2-6 February 2015)

The Trial Chamber this week pushed ahead to advance proceedings, continuing to hear from two witnesses and a Civil Party on their experiences in Tram Kak District and Kraing Ta Chan Security Center. The first Witness quickly concluded her testimony after having provided the majority of it the week before, and the second Witness started and finished his testimony within a day, as scheduled. The Civil Party, however, required three days of examination rather than the scheduled two, due to lengthy examination by the judges, and also due to a late request from the Civil Party lawyers that any testimony concerning identification of former prison guards and cadres be conducted in private. This report summarizes the three sets of testimony heard this week, analyzes legal questions concerning the privacy or personal security of witnesses, and continues to track the Chamber’s management of the trial in Case 002/02. In addition, this report reviews the recently published reasoning for the Judicial Administration Committee Special Panel’s decision on Defense motions for disqualification of the Trial Chamber judges, as well as international Judge Rowan Downing’s dissent from the majority opinion.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 7 – Hearings on Evidence Week 4  (2-6 February 2015) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 53.

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | February 5, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 6 (26-29 January 2015)

The evidentiary hearings in Case 002/02 proceeded into their third week as the Trial Chamber completed the testimony of the first two Civil Parties to testify in the trial, Oum Suphany, who was questioned heavily about prior accounts of the DK era in her published books, and Chou Koemlân, who testified that she had personally seen the Co-Accused visiting a Tram Kak District worksite in 1977. The Court also began to hear from a non-Civil Party witness, Cheang Srei Mom, on her experiences in a forced marriage arranged by Khmer Rouge cadres in her rural cooperative. The prosecutors and Civil Party lawyers sought to utilize the three testimonies to depict the harsh life and total control by the authorities within Democratic Kampuchea’s “model” Tram Kak District. Defense counsel attempted to rebut the allegations by undermining key details of the Witness and Civil Parties’ statements. The lines of questioning presented by Mr. Victor Koppe, Nuon Chea’s international Co-Lawyer, probed deeper than the other Defense Counsel, as he challenged even the most personal details of the Civil Parties’ stated experiences, including one woman’s inability to feed her dying child, and another’s claims to have been forcibly married. Mr. Koppe’s tactics in his examination of the Civil Parties and Witness prompted multiple objections from the OCP and Civil Party lawyers, and disagreements required the judges to intervene on a number of occasions. This report analyzes those legal and procedural issues, summarizes the week’s testimonies, and reviews the Chamber’s ongoing management of the trial proceedings.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 6 – Hearings on Evidence Week 3  (26-29 January 2015) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 52.

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This is the 52nd episode of a series of weekly TV reports about the proceedings in the second Khmer Rouge trial. It was first broadcast on CTN on Monday 2 February 2015.

A total of 16 new programs (episodes 38 – 53) have been sponsored by USAID (the US Agency for International Development) in a two-year project aimed at aiding National Reconciliation.

Episode 52 covers the third week of the new part of the second trial, ‘Case 002/02′ – from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 January. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two leading members of the Khmer Rouge regime (in power from 1975 to 1979), are accused of a multitude of atrocious crimes. The charges are related to ‘Genocide’ – against Chams and Vietnamese; the treatment of Buddhists, ‘Forced Marriages and Rape’, ‘Internal Purges’ and the targeting of former Khmer Republic officials.
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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | January 30, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 5 (21-23 January 2015)

This week marked the first full week of hearings in Case 002/02 to proceed without significant disruption to the Court schedule. The Chamber successfully concluded the testimony of Mr. Meas Sokha, the first witness in the trial and a former prisoner at Kraing Ta Chan Security Center in the Southwest Zone. The Witness testified at length about his observations at the prison, including allegations of torture and killings, and the Defense Teams questioned him in an intensive attempt to undermine his claims. The Chamber also began the examination of the first Civil Party to testify in Case 002/02, Ms. Oum Suphany. Her lawyer and the prosecutors questioned the Civil Party on her experiences living and working in a rural Tram Kok District cooperative in Democratic Kampuchea. Through efficient time management, the Chamber heard these testimonies in addition to the previously scheduled hearing of the medical experts, who were called to examine the physical and mental fitness of the Co-Accused to stand trial. This report includes a summary of their findings, as well as legal analysis of objections or submissions raised during this week of proceedings. Lastly, the report summarizes recent changes that the Tribunal announced regarding a ninth revision to its internal rules.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 5 – Hearings on Evidence Week 2  (21-23 January 2015) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 51.

EnglishKhmer (Summary) 

This is the 51st episode of a series of weekly TV reports about the proceedings in the second Khmer Rouge trial. It was first broadcast on CTN on Monday 26 January 2015.

A total of 16 new programs (episodes 38 – 53) have been sponsored by USAID (the US Agency for International Development) in a two-year project aimed at aiding National Reconciliation.

Episode 51 covers the second week of the new part of the second trial, ‘Case 002/02′ – from Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 January. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two leading members of the Khmer Rouge regime (in power from 1975 to 1979), are accused of a multitude of atrocious crimes. The charges are related to ‘Genocide’ – against Chams and Vietnamese; the treatment of Buddhists, ‘Forced Marriages and Rape’, ‘Internal Purges’ and the targeting of former Khmer Republic officials.
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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | January 23, 2015

Facing Justice Episode 50, 17 Oct 2014-08 Jan 2015

‘Facing Justice’ has returned to Cambodian TV screens after a break of several weeks.

This is the 50th episode of a series of weekly TV reports about the proceedings in the second Khmer Rouge trial. It was first broadcast on CTN on Monday 19 January 2015.

A total of 16 new programs (episodes 38 – 53) have been sponsored by USAID (the US Agency for International Development) in a two-year project aimed at aiding National Reconciliation.

Episode 50 covers the start of the new part of the second trial – ‘Case 002/02′. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two leading members of the Khmer Rouge regime (in power from 1975 to 1979), are accused of a multitude of atrocious crimes. The charges are related to ‘Genocide’ – against Chams and Vietnamese; the treatment of Buddhists, ‘Forced Marriages and Rape’, ‘Internal Purges’ and the targeting of former Khmer Republic officials. Read More…

Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | January 19, 2015

KRT Trial Monitor C002/02 – Issue 4 (8-9 January 2015)

On 8 January 2015, the Trial Chamber resumed proceedings in Case 002/02, after two months of adjournment, which had been the result of the Khieu Samphan Defense Team refusing to participate in Case 002/02 trial proceedings while they were still working on the Case 002/01 appellate  briefs. After the 29 December 2014 deadline for Case 002/01 appellate filings passed, the trial resumed. The Court was set to begin hearing witnesses in Case 002/02, and, indeed, the first witness, Mr. Meas Sokha did begin testifying on the 8th , but the Trial Chamber suspended proceedings abruptly that same afternoon when Khieu Samphan fell ill and was hospitalized due to heightened blood pressure and dizziness. A hearing for the following day lasted only four minutes, as the President announced that the Accused would be hospitalized over the weekend. The President scheduled hearings to resume  on 15 January, but Khieu Samphan remained in the hospital longer than expected, so proceedings were again cancelled on the 15th. The Court hopes to resume proceedings on Wednesday, 21 January. During the half day of testimony that the Court heard last week, Mr. Meas Sokha, of Srae Kru village in Tram Kok District, Takeo Province, responded to questions from the Prosecutors concerning his experiences in a children’s unit in Tram Kok cooperatives, as well as his detention alongside 12 members of his family at Kraing Ta Chan Security Center.

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KRT Trial Monitor No. 4 – Hearings on Evidence  (8-9 January 2015) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 50.

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