This week the Trial Chamber heard statements suffering from 12 Civil Parties. The Civil Parties were selected from 3,866 Civil Parties admitted in Case 002 based on “the evidence they could provide on suffering, the relationship between this evidence and the crimes being tried in Case 002/01, and the diversity of impacts (suffering) represented” . The testimony was emotional and at times, brought the Civil Parties and other members of the Court to tears.
In accordance with the procedure determined by the Trial Chamber in a decision dated 2 May 2013, the Civil Parties were permitted to address questions to the Co-Accused. Khieu Samphan responded to all questions posed by the Civil Parties. Although Nuon Chea was able to respond to questions from his holding cell through audio and video facilities, he declined to answer some questions because he was not physically well enough to do so. However, while responding to one question posed, Nuon Chea surprised the Court by accepting “moral” responsibility for crimes committed during DK.
Read the Report:
KRT Trial Monitor Issue No. 61 – Hearing on Evidence Week 56 (27-31 May 2013).