After a week’s recess to celebrate Khmer New Year, trial proceedings at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal recommenced this week, with the Chamber hearing the remaining witnesses on the M-13 interrogation center. Despite efforts from President Nil Nonn to move proceedings swiftly to the testimony forming the substantive part of the case, the trial was dominated by procedural arguments for much of Wednesday, and the Chamber adjourned early on Thursday in order to consider outstanding motions. Hence, although the Accused began his testimony on the establishment of S-21 during Wednesday afternoon of this week, after three weeks of trial, the KRT is yet to hear any witnesses on S-21. As a result, the initial estimates of the trial completing in twelve weeks now seem somewhat unrealistic. Given the Chamber is yet to hear an estimated 49 further witnesses, proceedings may continue till at least the end of 2009.
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KRT Trial Monitor C001 Issue No. 4 – Hearing on Evidence (Week Ending 26 April 2009) corresponds with Duch on Trial Episode 3
English – Khmer