The Trial Chamber heard the majority of testimony this week in closed court. ‘In camera’ sessions were held throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday for witnesses who are part of the investigation into Cases 003 and 004. The morning sessions of the following two days were also closed, to hear from 2-TCW-938, although the reason for the closed session was not disclosed by the Chamber. Summaries of the testimony of these three witnesses will be included in future reports once redacted transcripts of the closed proceedings have been made available to monitors. When hearings were again held in public on Wednesday afternoon, the Chamber introduced the only individual to appear publicly this week; Civil Party Mr. Lach Kry, who was heard via audio link due to his poor health. Lach Kry provided testimony on the suffering he and his brother Lach Ni had experienced during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime. He detailed the arrest of his brother’s ethnically Vietnamese wife and children in Pochen Dam Village, Svay Antor Commune, Prey Veng District, Prey Veng Province and also described the disappearance of two other mixed Khmer-Vietnamese families living there. The testimony of this Civil Party concluded in the afternoon session on Thursday with his victim impact statement. The Trial Chamber will resume hearings on 25 January 2016 in open session with Civil Party 2-TCCP-869.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 40 – Hearings on Evidence Week 37 (20-21 January 2016)