After a one week recess to mark Khmer New Year, the Trial Chamber reconvened this week to hear testimony on S-21 Security Center for the first time in Case 002/02. S-21, also known as Tuol Sleng, was the main crime site in Case 001, the trial of Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, who was the prison’s chairman during the Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime and whom the Trial Chamber found guilty of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions on 26 July 2010. First to testify this week was Civil Party Chum Mey, who testified to being one of only seven people to survive detention at Tuol Sleng. Chum Mey spoke in depth about the suffering he endured at the Security Center and in the years since. Next, Witness Nhém Em testified to working as a photographer at S-21 while he was a teenager. He described meeting and photographing a number of important members of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK) and travelling around the country to photograph dams and worksites. The third person to testify this week was Toy Teng, a former guard at Choeung Ek, an execution site 15 kilometers outside of Phnom Penh. Toy Teng testified under protective measures which altered his physical appearance and voice. This week, the Trial Chamber addressed a number of legal and procedural issues, including the use of confessions during questioning and a possible conflict of interest facing Khieu Samphan’s national counsel. Kong Sam Onn.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 51 – Hearings on Evidence Week 48 (18-21 April 2016)