Case 002/01 came to a close this week with the Supreme Court Chamber (SCC)’s announcement of their verdict on the appeals against the Trial Chamber’s August 2014 verdict. SCC President Kong Srim read a summary of the verdict, addressing the “most contentious” of the Defense teams’ combined 371 ground of appeal, as well as the appeal from the Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) related to the application of the extended form of Joint Criminal Enterprise, referred to more commonly as JCE III. Although the SCC overturned some of the Trial Chamber’s decisions, including acquitting the two Accused of responsibility for crimes which took place at Tuol Po Chrey in late April 1975, the SCC ultimately upheld the life sentences for each of the Accused, saying this best reflects the gravity of the crimes with which they have been charged. This report provides some background to this week’s judgment, followed by a summary of the key findings announced by the President on Wednesday. A longer, more detailed analysis of the judgment will be issued after monitors have had time to read and digest the full 520 page document.
KRT Monitor Case 002/01 – Issue 4 – Final Appeal Verdict – 23 November 2016