After the Supreme Court Chamber announced its Case 002/01 appeal verdict last week, this week proceedings resumed in Case 002/02. Over four days, the Trial Chamber heard from three witnesses and two Civil Parties, mainly in the segment on the role of the Accused. First, Ms. Boeth Boeun told the court about meetings she attended that were presided over by Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, and also about being sent to Kampong Chhnang Airfield worksite after the arrest of her husband. Second to testify this week was Mr. Seng Lytheng, the nephew of Pol Pot, who worked with him throughout the regime. Third this week, Civil Party Ms. Khieu Nieb testified to seeing Khieu Samphan distribute blue and white checked scarves to recent evacuees from the East Zone in 1978. 2-TCCP-1063 also testified, under protective pseudonym, to having seen Khieu Samphan distributing food and supplies at a market. The witness recalled him giving a speech about the need to eliminate intellectuals. Finally this week, Mr. Sin Oeng, a distant relative of Sao Phim who worked as his bodyguard during the regime, testified about relations between the East Zone and the Center. Questions seen as falling outside the scope of Case 002/02, particularly concerning what is known as the third phase of population movement, drew objections on a number of occasions from the Defense this week.
KRT Trial Monitor No. 75 – Hearings on Evidence Week 72 (28 Nov – 1 Dec 2016)