This week the Trial Chamber heard from two witnesses on the nature of armed conflict and also held the presentation of key documents on the same subject. Witness Mr. Ieng Phan, testified about his knowledge of incursions into Vietnam as well as his knowledge of alleged rebellion plans in the East Zone. Witness 2-TCW-1065, testifying under a pseudonym due to his role in ongoing investigations, then testified about his role as a military medic in the East Zone and his belief in Sao Phim’s loyalty to the DK regime. 2-TCW-1065 testified that Pol Pot carried out a “coup d’etat” in the East Zone on 25 May 1978, which forced the Witness to join forces with the Vietnamese to fight against the Khmer Rouge. On Thursday the Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) and Defense Team for Khieu Samphan presented their key documents related to the segment on the nature of armed conflict, including contemporaneous telegrams and meeting minutes as well as academic sources. Responses to these documents will be heard next Monday.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 72 – Hearings on Evidence Week 69 (31 October – 3 November 2016)