This week the Trial Chamber heard from the fourth Expert Witness to appear in Case 002/02; anthropologist and scholar of genocide studies, Mr. Alexander Hinton.[i] The Expert Witness was questioned about the treatment of targeted groups, namely the ethnic Vietnamese and Buddhists, and other issues related to internal purges, the targeting of the ethnic Cham and former Lon Nol soldiers. The proceedings were peppered with objections from both the Prosecution and Defense this week, as the Parties debated issues related to the Expert Witness’ use of the term “genocide”, his scope of expertise, and sources used to support his conclusions. At the end of Mr. Hinton’s testimony, Nuon Chea appeared in court to make a statement and put questions to the Expert Witness.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 47 – Hearings on Evidence Week 44 (14-17 March 2016)