This week, the Trial Chamber continued to hear the testimonies of Witnesses Mr. Sao Sarun and Mr. Khoem Ngorn. Sao Sarun was a District Secretary and, thereafter, Sector Secretary of Sector 105. Khoem Ngorn, on the other hand, worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) after the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975. The Chamber also heard the testimony of a new witness, Mr. Oeun Tan, who once served as Pol Pot’s messenger and security guard. All three witnesses concluded their testimonies during the week.
Sao Sarun’s experiences from the various positions he occupied during the regime enabled him to provide information on party policies and the leadership structure of DK. During Khoem Ngorn’s examination, the Witness testified on his duties in the MFA but indicated that he had limited personal knowledge of details as regards the leadership structure of the MFA and the arrests of persons in the Ministry. Witness Oeun Tan served Pol Pot for nine years; thus, he was able to give some detailed information regarding meetings of the DK leaders and lines of communications between Pol Pot and the other leaders of the CPK.
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KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. 26 – Hearing on Evidence Week 21 (11-14 June 2012) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 24