This week Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, began his third week of testimony before the Trial Chamber as a witness in Case 002/02. After one and a half weeks of questioning from the OCP, LCLCP and the Bench, this week the Witness was questioned exclusively by the Defense Teams, whose questioning will conclude next Monday morning. This week Duch continued to testify about the workings of S-21 Security Center in Phnom Penh, and more particularly about alleged plots to overthrow the government of Democratic Kampuchea (DK) from within. In contrast to his demeanor in previous weeks, this week Duch appeared more confrontational in his responses to both international Defense Counsels, and on a number of occasions refused to acknowledge prior evidence or testimony presented to him. The Trial Chamber also continued to face ongoing difficulty distinguishing between the information Duch was aware of during DK, and that which he has learned since that time, as he has studied the existing case files extensively.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 58 – Hearings on Evidence Week 55 (20-23 June 2016)