This week, the Trial Chamber resumed after nearly one month of recess due to the appeal hearings in Case 002/01 and a subsequent week’s break for the Water Festival. Three individuals appeared before the Chamber: one witness concerning his experience at the Trapeang Thma Dam worksite (TTD), followed by one Civil Party and one witness concerning the treatment of the Vietnamese. Before beginning to hear the testimony of the first witness, the Trial Chamber decided to proceed using only his pseudonym, 2-TCW-918, due to the Trial Chamber’s decision on the confidentiality of witnesses involved in the ongoing investigations in Cases 003 and 004. Following his testimony, Civil Party Prak Doeun testified about the death of his ethnically Vietnamese wife under the Khmer Rouge (KR), and then Witness Sao Sak spoke of her own experiences in Prey Veng Province in the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) period. Sao Sak will continue to testify when proceedings resume next week. This report summarizes the three testimonies heard this week, as well as the testimony of Witness 2-TCW-996 who appeared on 26 and 27 October in camera, as the redacted transcripts of his appearance only became available this week.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 35 — Hearings on Evidence Week 32 (30 Nov – 3 Dec 2015)