In the first week of trial proceedings in 2013, the Chamber heard the testimony of three witnesses, Sa Vi, Ung Ren, and Chhaom Se. All three witnesses were Khmer Rouge soldiers, and each discussed his experiences prior to and during the fall of Phnom Penh in April 1975. They also described their assignments during the period of Democratic Kampuchea: Sa Vi worked as a guard at K-1, the permanent residence of Pol Pot, while Ung Ren and Chhaom Se were both deployed to the country’s Northeast as soldiers within Division 801, where the latter worked as the director of Au Kanseng Security Center.
Few objections were raised during the questioning of the witnesses. Legal and procedural issues this week concerned the Prosecution’s use of questions outside the scope of Case 002/01 and the standards of OCIJ’s investigations, especially with regard to the interviews of Witness Ung Ren. The Trial Chamber also annouced that it would defer summoning TCCP-94, after it was revealed that the Civil Party did not have any personal knowledge on the evacuation of Phnom Penh.
Read the report:
KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. Issue 48 – Hearing on Evidence Week 43 (8-11 January 2013).