Kaing Guek Eav, alias “Duch,” returned to the witness stand this week to continue his testimony, fielding questions from the Prosecution, Civil Party lawyers, Judges, and the Nuon Chea Defense. The OCP concluded its examination on Monday’s first session and the Civil Parties used the remainder of the day and the first session on Tuesday to ask Duch additional questions in support of the OCP’s examination, delve into Ieng Sary’s involvement in the arrest of intellectuals, and inquire on specific victims.
The Bench, through Judge Jean Marc Lavergne and President Nil Nonn, also directed several questions to Duch before giving the floor to the Nuon Chea Defense, who asked questions aimed to impeach Duch’s credibility. The Witness refused to answer several questions from Nuon Chea’s international counsel Mr. Michiel Pestman, repeatedly invoking his right against self-incrimination to questions related to the events before the DK regime. Interspersed with Duch giving testimony was the re-emergence of disputes on the procedure for presenting documents to a witness and which documents are considered to have been put before the Chamber.
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KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. 17 – Hearing on Evidence Week 12 (2-5 April 2012) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 14