This week, the Trial Chamber heard the testimony of Witness Ban Siek over the course of two days. Although he appeared in the midst of a segment on the treatment of the Cham, the Witness was also questioned on other topics, including the purges of Central (and “Old North”) Zone cadres in 1977 and of East Zone cadres in 1978. The Witness denied that the Cham were particularly targeted during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) period, stating that everyone had been “in the same boat.” Ban Siek testified that he was relocated to the Central Zone’s Chamkar Leu District in 1977 to take the position of deputy secretary, under District secretary Sou Soeun, a position she had previously denied holding during her own testimony before the Trial Chamber. Much of Ban Siek’s testimony therefore related to the testimony of Sou Soeun, a blood relative of his wife and the wife of former Central Zone secretary Ke Pauk. Late on Tuesday afternoon, the Chamber prepared to hear testimony from a Cham witness, Mr. Sos Romly (2-TCW-904), however, the Nuon Chea Defense Team objected to the use of the same duty counsel, Mr. Duch Phary, for the testimony of both Ban Siek and Sos Romly. As no other duty counsel was available at short notice, the Trial Chamber adjourned early and announced on Wednesday that it would delay hearing testimony from Sos Romly as well as the reserve witness, 2-TCW-996, until after the Pchum Ben holiday recess.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 33 — Hearings on Evidence Week 30 (5-7 October 2015)