This week, the Trial Chamber heard the testimonies of three Civil Parties and one witness. Civil Parties Toeng Sokha, Pech Srey Phal, and Kim Vanndy were all in Phnom Penh at the time the Khmer Rouge took over the city. Thus, they testified on the situation in the city before, during, and immediately after the victory of the Khmer Rouge. All Civil Parties had been evacuated from the city, and they detailed the suffering they endured from this experience. Witness Hun Chhunly, on the other hand, lived in Battambang Province at the time of the Khmer Rouge victory. He related some of his observations about the transfer of people to his province. The Witness, a medical practitioner, gave more detailed testimony about the situation in the provincial hospitals, including the conditions of medical personnel and patients.
Significant legal and procedural issues, particularly relating to Accused Ieng Sary’s effective participation in the proceedings, the manner of putting questions during examination, the appropriate role of counsel, and proper judicial conduct, were also raised this week.
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KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. Issue 45 – Hearing on Evidence Week 40 (4-7 December 2012).