In an effort to resolve the issues around admissibility of documents from hearings last week, the Trial Chamber called Mr. Vanthan Dara Peou, the Deputy Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia to testify at the start of the week. The Bench, the Prosecution, and the Civil Party lawyers sought clarification on DC-Cam’s mandate and methods of collecting and archiving documents, while the Defense Teams asked questions aimed at showing DC-Cam’s alleged bias against the Accused, and the unreliability of the documents in its collection. At the end of the week, the Trial Chamber issued an oral ruling that documents cited in the Closing Order would be considered prima facie authentic, relevant and reliable, while other documents in the Case File would have to be assessed case-by-case as they are put before the Chamber.
In the second half of the week, the Court continued with the reception of evidence for the first segment of the trial. The Prosecution and the Civil Party Lawyers questioned Case 002’s first female witness, Ms. Prak Yut, about her experiences as a former mid-level cadre of the CPK. Her testimony will resume next week when the Defense Teams will have the opportunity to question her further.
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KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. 10 – Hearing on Evidence Week 5 (23-26 January 2012) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 7.