Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | September 21, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 66 (5-8 September 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber heard the testimony of one Witness in closed session and spent the rest of the week on the presentation of key documents related to the regulation of marriage. Witness 2-TCW-1002 was heard in closed session on Monday 5 September as his testimony relates to ongoing investigations in Cases 003 and 004.  Before going into closed session the Trial Chamber also heard responses to a number of requests to admit new documents ahead of upcoming Expert testimony of 2-TCE-82.  On Tuesday, the OCP and LCLCP presented key documents related to the regulation of marriage and which they believe demonstrate there was a nation-wide policy on marriage that had nuances in different areas.  The Defense Teams declined to present any documents, however on Thursday the Khieu Samphan Defense responded to the documents presented by the OCP and LCLCP.  After this the Chamber heard responses to a number of scheduling concerns.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 66 – Hearings on Evidence Week 63 (5-8 September 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | September 19, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 65 (29 August-1 September 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear testimony related to the regulation of marriage during Democratic Kampuchea (DK).  The Chamber first heard from Civil Party Mr. Seng Soeun, who arranged group wedding ceremonies for handicapped soldiers with women from Kampot pepper plantations.  On Tuesday afternoon, Civil Party Ms. Chea Dieb testified about a policy, announced by Khieu Samphan at a meeting she attended in Phnom Penh, that everyone over the age of 19 working at a ministry should be married.  Finally, Witness Ms. Phan Van, a former member of the Ministry of Commerce, testified about her own experience of marriage while based near Tuol Tom Pong Market, as well as her knowledge of arrests of people connected to the North Zone.  At the end of the week the Trial Chamber held a lengthy debate on the appearance of a demographic expert 2-TCE-93, who was originally proposed by both the OCP and Nuon Chea Defense Team.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 65 – Hearings on Evidence Week 62 (19 August – 1 September 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | September 14, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 64 (22-25 August 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber concluded hearing testimony on the segment on internal purges and began a new segment on the regulation of marriage during Democratic Kampuchea (DK).  On Monday the final witness on internal purges, 2-TCW-850, testified about purges in the Central Zone, however the testimony he provided was largely inconsistent with his prior statements.  On Monday afternoon Civil Party 2-TCCP-274 testified about her experience of being married during DK, and an incident in which she was raped by her unit chief after refusing to consummate her marriage with her husband.  The second Civil Party this week was Ms. Sou Sotheavy, a transgender woman who married a woman in August 1977 out of fear for her life.  On Thursday Civil Party 2-TCCP-232 testified about his marriage, describing how he had been refused permission to marry his chosen fiancée because she had had a family member who was “smashed” by the regime, and he was instead made to marry a stranger.  Several legal issues were raised this week, including requests to clarify whether rape outside of the context of forced marriage is included in the scope of Case 002/02, and objections over repetitive and insensitive questions.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 64 – Hearings on Evidence Week 61 (22-25 August 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | August 29, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 63 (15-18 August 2016)

The Trial Chamber covered a great deal if ground this week; concluding last week’s victim impact and key documents hearings on security centers and internal purges.  Three Civil Parties were heard on Monday, with testimony related to suffering they experienced as a result of purges in the East Zone and S-21 Security Center.  On Tuesday, the Khieu Samphan Defense presented their response to key documents presented by last week by the OCP and LCLCP.  On Wednesday the Trial Chamber heard from a new Civil Party, 2-TCCP-1040, who testified under a pseudonym about purges in the East Zone and a rebellion by Sao Phim.  On Thursday the Chamber heard from another witness on internal purges: Mr. Suoy Sao, whose in-court testimony was so different to the information he gave in his 2009 DC-Cam statement that the court went into a closed-session in order to ascertain if there was an issue with his testimony.  A number of legal issues came up this week including objections to questions beyond the scope of the trial, the use of certain material as evidence and the confidentiality of the identity of 2-TCCP-1040.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 63 – Hearings on Evidence Week 60 (15-18 August 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | August 29, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 62 (11-12 August 2016)

This week, the postponement of key document hearings originally scheduled to begin on Monday, resulted in a break in proceedings until Thursday.  Over two days of proceedings this week, the Trial Chamber heard statements from three Civil Parties as part of the victim impact hearings for the fourth segment related to security centers and internal purges, in addition to commencing documentary hearings with the presentation of key documents for this segment of Case 002/02 from the OCP and LCLCP.  On Thursday, Mr. Che Heab testified first about the loss of five of his eight siblings during the purges in Division 310, particularly the death of his elder brother Che Heay, whose family was also executed.  Next, Ms. Phoung Yat testified about the loss of her sister, whom she learned after the regime had been killed at S-21.  Finally Civil Party Ms. Ros Chuor Siy testified via video-link from Paris about the suffering she experienced as a result of the death of her husband Ros Sarin at S-21. Next week the victim impact hearings will conclude on Monday with the hearing of three further Civil Parties, followed by the conclusion of the key document hearings on Tuesday with responses from the Defense.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 62 – Hearings on Evidence Week 59 (11-12 August 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | August 29, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 61 (1-4 August 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear the testimony of Expert Witness Mr. Henri Locard, who was questioned by the two defense teams.  The Expert also testified about his knowledge of DK security centers and CPK slogans.  Following the conclusion of Mr. Locard’s testimony, Witness 2-TCW-976 testified under a pseudonym in line with the Trial Chamber’s guidelines on maintaining the confidentiality of witnesses who are part of ongoing investigations.  The Witness provided largely contradictory testimony about his time as a messenger in the Northwest Zone, and had limited knowledge of purges that allegedly took place there.  Finally, this week the Trial Chamber heard from Witness Chen Saroeun, a former member of Division 920, who testified about internal conflict and purges in Mondulkiri Province.  On Thursday the Trial Chamber held a trial management meeting, largely in camera, in order to discuss scheduling and the admission of new documents into Case 002/02 which have come to light in ongoing investigations.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 61 – Hearings on Evidence Week 58 (1-4 August 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | August 5, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 60 (26-29 July 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber reconvened after a three-week recess, continuing the sub-segment on internal purges.  Beginning on Tuesday 26 July, Witness 2-TCW-1005 testified under a pseudonym about his role as a messenger in Sector 13 and later in Sector 505 in Kratie, as well as his knowledge of purges and the regulation of marriage in those areas.  On Thursday morning, Parties concluded the questioning of 2-TCW-1005 and Expert Witness Mr. Henri Locard began his testimony before the Trial Chamber.  Mr. Locard is a French academic who first came to Cambodia in 1964 and has studied the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) period extensively, publishing a number of books and papers on Cambodian history.  This week, he gave expert testimony on DK security centers, but also about broader CPK ideology based on his study of KR slogans.  Mr. Locard will conclude his testimony next week.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 60 – Hearings on Evidence Week 57 (26-29 July 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | July 21, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 59 (27-30 June 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber concluded hearing Witness Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who has appeared over the course of four weeks.  Duch finished testifying on Monday morning, facing final questions from the Defense Team for Nuon Chea on blood-drawing and medical experiments at S-21 Security Center.  Before moving on to begin the next sub-section of the trial on internal purges, the Trial Chamber then heard oral responses to a request from the Defense Team for Khieu Samphan for clarification over the scope of the upcoming segment, and whether a scheduled Civil Party would testify to facts that were within the scope of that segment. The Trial Chamber adjourned early on Monday to deliberate, and reconvened on Tuesday by which time they had agreed to hear the concerned Civil Party, Chhun Samorn.  Chhun Samorn was a combatant in Sector 23 in the East Zone during the purges in that region.  On Wednesday and Thursday Witness Meas Soeurn testified; he is the son of the former Deputy Chief of the East Zone who disappeared shortly before the end of the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime.  All Parties were granted additional time to question Meas Soeurn as he was the only witness scheduled to testify on the East Zone purges.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 59 – Hearings on Evidence Week 56 (27-30 June 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | June 30, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 58 (20-23 June 2016)

This week Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, began his third week of testimony before the Trial Chamber as a witness in Case 002/02.  After one and a half weeks of questioning from the OCP, LCLCP and the Bench, this week the Witness was questioned exclusively by the Defense Teams, whose questioning will conclude next Monday morning.  This week Duch continued to testify about the workings of S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, and more particularly about alleged plots to overthrow the government of Democratic Kampuchea (DK) from within.  In contrast to his demeanor in previous weeks, this week Duch appeared more confrontational in his responses to both international Defense Counsels, and on a number of occasions refused to acknowledge prior evidence or testimony presented to him.  The Trial Chamber also continued to face ongoing difficulty distinguishing between the information Duch was aware of during DK, and that which he has learned since that time, as he has studied the existing case files extensively.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 58 – Hearings on Evidence Week 55 (20-23 June 2016)

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Posted by: AIJI Trial Monitor | June 30, 2016

KRT Monitor Case 002/02 – Issue 57 (13-16 June 2016)

This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear from Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known by his revolutionary alias “Duch,“ as a Witness in the segment on S-21 in Case 002/02.  Duch began his testimony last week and will continue until the end of next week.  The Witness was questioned by the OCP, CPLCL and Judges about a range of topics including internal purges, treatment of the Cham minority, ethnic Vietnamese and former Lon Nol officials, as well as interrogations and torture.  At the end of the day on Thursday Defense Counsel for Nuon Chea began to question the Witness, whose demeanor changed significantly, becoming much less cooperative.  The issue of torture-tainted evidence plagued proceedings once again this week, however on this occasion, it was the Judges and the OCP, rather than Defense Counsel, who were prevented from using documents.  At the end of the week, the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers presented their proposals for reparations projects to be undertaken should either of the Accused be found guilty of any of the charges against them in Case 002/02.  Duch will continue his testimony over the full four days of hearings next week, questioned by both Defense Teams.  In addition to the testimony of Duch, which was heard live throughout the week, this report also details the testimony of two other witnesses: Ms. You Vann and Ms. Prak Yut, who testified in January 2016.  The two female cadres from the Southwest Zone testified in closed sessions during the segment on the treatment of the ethnic Cham. The Court released redacted transcripts of their testimony this week, so we are including coverage of those witnesses in this week’s report.

KRT Trial Monitor No. 57 – Hearings on Evidence Week 54 (13-16 June 2016)

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