Given the delay caused by the Defense’s withdrawal from the documentary hearings last week, the Trial Chamber rescheduled hearings this week to continue efficiently with proceedings in Case 002/02. It first held two days of victim impact hearings for the segment on DK worksites, and then allocated hearing days later in the week for continuation of key document presentations. Four Civil Parties appeared before the Chamber to describe the harms they suffered from maltreatment at the worksites for the First January Dam (1JD) and Trapeang Thma Dam (TTD). Following the victim impact hearings, the Trial Chamber proceeded with the OCP and Civil Parties’ continued documentary presentations in relation to the three worksites. As a protest against the Court’s decision to broadly permit inclusion of Written Records of Investigation (WRIs) from Case 003 and 004 in the key documents hearing, the Defense Teams opted not to participate, so proceedings adjourned at the end of Thursday. Related to this, the Court officially warned Victor Koppe, Nuon Chea’s Defense Counsel, for misconduct in withdrawing abruptly from last week’s hearing. Separately, Khieu Samphan’s Defense Team objected to the appearance of an upcoming witness, 2-TCW-987, for the next trial segment, on the treatment of the Cham Muslim minority.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 29 — Hearings on Evidence Week 26 (1-3 September 2015)