This week the Trial Chamber heard from one Civil Party and two witnesses over the course of four days, with a fourth witness testifying for only a short time due to health issues. Civil Party Doung Oeun testified on the treatment of the Vietnamese in Pochen Dam Village, and more specifically that of her husband Chuy. The two witnesses to complete their testimony in full this week; Prum Sarat and San Lorn, were both requested by the Nuon Chea Defense Team. Prum Sarat, from Kampot Province, testified about his involvement in the fall of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975, and his subsequent positions as a member of the naval Division 164 in the armed forces of Democratic Kampuchea (DK). Witness En Yoeun then appeared for 20 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, just enough time to be questioned by the President on her biographical details, however was unable to return to the Chamber the following day as her health was poor. She will return to finish her testimony when her health has improved. Instead, reserve witness San Lorn took the stand on Thursday and testified about his role as a messenger for Ta Mok’s daughter Yeay Khom in the Tram Kak cooperative and his involvement in the forced transportation of approximately 9,000 ethnic Vietnamese people. The Chamber began proceedings late on Tuesday morning due to Khieu Samphan’s high blood pressure. After he received medical attention, hearings were able to resume in the second session of the day. The recurring issue of the use of evidence obtained through torture was raised again this week, a summary of which, including an overview of the recently published Trial Chamber decision on the matter will be analyzed below.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 41 – Hearings on Evidence Week 38 (25-28 January 2016)