This week, the Trial Chamber continued to hear witnesses in the segment on the treatment of the ethnic Cham population during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) period. Over the course of three days, the Chamber heard from three witnesses who each lived in Kampong Cham Province between 17 April 1975 and 7 January 1979. The first witness worked as a child guard at Wat Au Trakuon Security Center in Peam Chi Kang Commune, Kang Meas District, and testified about executions he witnessed there. Next, the Chamber heard from a former member of the same commune’s infamous “Long Sword Group” about their policies regarding how the Cham were to be treated. Finally, a Cham woman testified on surviving detention at Trea Village, Krouch Chhmar District, and the executions she witnessed while looking through a crack in the wall. On Thursday, 14 January, the Chamber went into closed session to hear testimony from an anonymous witness. A summary of this witness’s testimony will be included in a later report as soon as the transcript is made available by the Court. Leading questions resulted in objections from both sides of the courtroom this week, and Parties also raised issues related to the admissibility of certain documents used by the Office of the Co-Prosecutors.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 39 – Hearings on Evidence Week 36 (11-14 January 2016)