This week the Trial Chamber continued to hear from Kaing Guek Eav, more commonly known by his revolutionary alias “Duch,“ as a Witness in the segment on S-21 in Case 002/02. Duch began his testimony last week and will continue until the end of next week. The Witness was questioned by the OCP, CPLCL and Judges about a range of topics including internal purges, treatment of the Cham minority, ethnic Vietnamese and former Lon Nol officials, as well as interrogations and torture. At the end of the day on Thursday Defense Counsel for Nuon Chea began to question the Witness, whose demeanor changed significantly, becoming much less cooperative. The issue of torture-tainted evidence plagued proceedings once again this week, however on this occasion, it was the Judges and the OCP, rather than Defense Counsel, who were prevented from using documents. At the end of the week, the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers presented their proposals for reparations projects to be undertaken should either of the Accused be found guilty of any of the charges against them in Case 002/02. Duch will continue his testimony over the full four days of hearings next week, questioned by both Defense Teams. In addition to the testimony of Duch, which was heard live throughout the week, this report also details the testimony of two other witnesses: Ms. You Vann and Ms. Prak Yut, who testified in January 2016. The two female cadres from the Southwest Zone testified in closed sessions during the segment on the treatment of the ethnic Cham. The Court released redacted transcripts of their testimony this week, so we are including coverage of those witnesses in this week’s report.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 57 – Hearings on Evidence Week 54 (13-16 June 2016)