This week marked the first full week of hearings in Case 002/02 to proceed without significant disruption to the Court schedule. The Chamber successfully concluded the testimony of Mr. Meas Sokha, the first witness in the trial and a former prisoner at Kraing Ta Chan Security Center in the Southwest Zone. The Witness testified at length about his observations at the prison, including allegations of torture and killings, and the Defense Teams questioned him in an intensive attempt to undermine his claims. The Chamber also began the examination of the first Civil Party to testify in Case 002/02, Ms. Oum Suphany. Her lawyer and the prosecutors questioned the Civil Party on her experiences living and working in a rural Tram Kok District cooperative in Democratic Kampuchea. Through efficient time management, the Chamber heard these testimonies in addition to the previously scheduled hearing of the medical experts, who were called to examine the physical and mental fitness of the Co-Accused to stand trial. This report includes a summary of their findings, as well as legal analysis of objections or submissions raised during this week of proceedings. Lastly, the report summarizes recent changes that the Tribunal announced regarding a ninth revision to its internal rules.
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KRT Trial Monitor No. 5 – Hearings on Evidence Week 2 (21-23 January 2015) corresponds with Facing Justice Episode 51.