The Trial Chamber this week continued to hear testimony regarding the experiences of workers at the First January Dam construction site in Baray District, Kampong Thom Province. One witness and two Civil Parties appeared to testify on their experiences at the Dam. Ms. Meas Layhou, Ms. Hun Sothany, and Ms. Un Ron all spoke about the poor living conditions and burdensome working regimen at the site. They discussed their fear and suffering at the time, and they also provided examples of maltreatment by the Khmer Rouge authorities as they sought out “enemies” of the regime. The Chamber also provided the Parties with the opportunity to make oral arguments on the proper use of evidence obtained under torture. It also announced a ruling on the inclusion of the Khmer Krom as a targeted group in the allegations in Case 002/02. These legal questions, as well as the week’s three testimonies, are summarized and discussed in the following report.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 20 – Hearings on Evidence Week 17 (25-28 May 2015)