This week the Trial Chamber concluded the segment on the regulation of marriage and began hearing witnesses on the nature of armed conflict. The final Civil Party, Ms. Preap Sokhoeun concluded her testimony related to marriage and the court then held the fifth set of victim impact hearings. Three Civil Parties gave statements of harm suffered under the regime specifically related to their marriages during the hearings, which concluded on Tuesday. Unlike previous victim impact hearings which took place over two days, the Trial Chamber decided to hold the victim impact hearings related to marriage over one day due to the large proportion of Civil Parties heard on this subject already. After they concluded, Witness Mr. Chuon Thi, requested by the Khieu Samphan Defense Team, began his one and a half days of testimony related to the nature of armed conflict. Considerable time as spent at the beginning of Chuon Thi’s testimony trying to establish whether his name needed to be suppressed or not, as he is part of the investigation in Case 003. Ultimately it was decided he could testify openly. Finally on Thursday Witness Sao Mang testified about the nature of armed conflict and his own role in Mondulkiri’s Sector 105.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 71 – Hearings on Evidence Week 68 (24-27 October 2016)