This week the Trial Chamber concluded hearing testimony on the segment on internal purges and began a new segment on the regulation of marriage during Democratic Kampuchea (DK). On Monday the final witness on internal purges, 2-TCW-850, testified about purges in the Central Zone, however the testimony he provided was largely inconsistent with his prior statements. On Monday afternoon Civil Party 2-TCCP-274 testified about her experience of being married during DK, and an incident in which she was raped by her unit chief after refusing to consummate her marriage with her husband. The second Civil Party this week was Ms. Sou Sotheavy, a transgender woman who married a woman in August 1977 out of fear for her life. On Thursday Civil Party 2-TCCP-232 testified about his marriage, describing how he had been refused permission to marry his chosen fiancée because she had had a family member who was “smashed” by the regime, and he was instead made to marry a stranger. Several legal issues were raised this week, including requests to clarify whether rape outside of the context of forced marriage is included in the scope of Case 002/02, and objections over repetitive and insensitive questions.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 64 – Hearings on Evidence Week 61 (22-25 August 2016)