In honor of the Pchum Ben festival, the Chamber held sessions on only three days this week. Monday and Tuesday were devoted to continued questioning of the Witness, Meas Voeun, a soldier and later Deputy Division Commander during the Democratic Kampuchea. In addition to the sections of the Closing Order relevant to Segment Three of Case 002/1 that were read out the previous week, on Tuesday afternoon, the Chamber instructed the Greffier to read out paragraphs pertaining to the Toul Po Chrey Execution Center. At the end of the week, the Prosecution began to introduce documents relating to Segment Three.
Throughout the three days of proceedings this week, the Chamber also took time to address a number of legal and procedural issues that arose, including: (a) the use of documents obtained by torture, (b) the procedure on the “removal” of statements from the OCIJ’s written record, (c) questioning without referring to documents or previous statements, (d) the reliability of written records of OCIJ Interviews, and (e) questions that tend to lead the Witness. Additionally, Nuon Chea was given the opportunity to speak in court, in order to address portions of the Closing Order that have been read out by the Chamber.
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KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. Issue 39 – Hearing on Evidence Week 34 (8-10 October 2012).