After a two-week break during which the King’s birthday was celebrated in Cambodia, the Trial Chamber of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal resumed its proceedings this week, hearing evidence from expert witness Craig Etcheson on the hierarchy of Democratic Kampuchea. Etcheson is the first expert witness to be called by the Chamber since proceedings began in March of this year. Yet despite the witness being ready to testify to the contents of his expert witness report, proceedings were increasingly dominated by procedural arguments as the week continued, causing lengthy deliberations, adjournments and finally, a Trial Management Meeting called unexpectedly on Thursday morning. Tensions emerging between the Prosecution and the Defense showed worrying signs that the KRT’s seemingly least contentious trial – in which the Accused has already admitted to many of the charges he faces – will prove difficult to complete in a timely manner. Monitors hope that the consensus reached during the Trial Management Meeting will facilitate further cooperation between the Parties.
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KRT Trial Monitor C001 Issue No. 6 – Hearing on Evidence (Week Ending 24 May 2009) corresponds with Duch on Trial Episode 5